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Larissa stands with Piper (a golden guide dog)in front of a chip truck. Piper is in harness.

Meet Larissa & Piper - A CNIB Guide Dogs partnership

June 26, 2019
Ten years ago, if you asked Larissa Proctor if she ever thought she would have a guide dog, the answer would have been a resounding no. Over time, as her vision declined, she was open to the possibility of a guide dog partnership. 
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The strength of the group

June 26, 2019
When Pascal Marcil lost his sight at 30, he turned to CNIB for support and guidance. Years later, he wanted to give back to the community that was there for him in his time of need.
Male teenager triumphantly raising his white cane into the air.

Bill C-81: the next step in accessibility for all Canadians

June 21, 2019
Bill C-81 is now law. After receiving royal assent on June 21, the Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada – or the Accessible Canada Act – will now proactively eliminate and prevent barriers and ensure greater opportunities for persons with disabilities.
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CNIB Foundation opens Ottawa Community Hub in Lansdowne Park

June 04, 2019
The CNIB Ottawa Community Hub, at 425 Marché Way, hosts an extensive menu of offerings, including accessible technology training, advocacy resources, child and youth programming, peer support sessions as well as opportunities within culture, recreation and sport.
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Equalize – June 2019

May 17, 2019
Welcome to the June edition of Equalize. In this issue, we learn about Guide Dog AdvoCamp, a new offering at CNIB Lake Joe, and service dog policies in schools. The Know Your Rights team provides a project update, and we bid farewell to Debbie Gillespie, a valued member of our advocacy team, who's retiring after 31 years. We also hear how the Federal Budget 2019 will impact Canadians with sight loss. Plus, we learn more about BlindSquare, a navigational app that's changing what it is to be blind today.
A woman displaying a beacon and iphone. The right hand holds a small, white beacon. The left hand holds an iPhone.

The BlindSquare Experience

May 17, 2019
Ashley Shaw shares her experience navigating with BlindSquare in Toronto.
A young man holds his white cane in the air triumphantly.

Calling all advocates!

May 17, 2019
The CNIB Foundation is launching an ambitious federal election campaign to get each of the main political parties to commit to putting technology in the hands of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, but we need your help!
A server helps a man use an inaccessible point of sale terminal at a restaurant.

Commitments to Accessibility and Inclusion in Federal Budget 2019

May 17, 2019
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Liberal government's fourth federal budget, titled "Investing in the Middle Class." It included measures to support equality for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
A photo of Debbie Gillespie standing outside the CNIB Toronto Community Hub.

Debbie Gillespie bids farewell to CNIB

May 17, 2019
After 31 years with CNIB, Debbie Gillespie prepares for retirement and reflects on her time with the organization and the advocacy campaigns she's worked on.
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CNIB Foundation Ontario “Know Your Rights” Project Update

May 17, 2019
Too many members of Ontario's blind, partially sighted and Deafblind communities become confused, frustrated, or exhausted when they're trying to understand their legal rights and challenge discrimination. Since the Fall 2018 launch, we’ve made excellent progress in developing easy-to-understand, practical legal information handbooks, producing public education videos, and running training for CNIB staff and community partners.