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Clearing Our Path – 2022 Virtual Summit

January 19, 2022
In 1999, CNIB developed the first edition of Clearing Our Path to help create accessible environments for people who are blind or partially sighted. Based on national and international standards, the document provides accessibility guidelines for public spaces.

With updates in 2009 and 2016, Clearing Our Path has become a valuable resource, but a lot has changed. CNIB, with funding from Accessibility Standards Canada, has embarked on a project to update the guidelines, and we’d love your help.
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Ottawa E-scooter Pilot 2021

January 14, 2022
Following the Ontario government’s announcement which outlined plans to permit Ontario municipalities to introduce electronic kick scooter (e-scooter) pilots in the province, the City of Ottawa passed a by-law to run an e-scooter pilot project. In its second year, the City partnered with three e-scooter companies to provide 1,200 rental e-scooters from May 28 to November 30, 2021.

In November 2021, CNIB held a townhall to gather feedback from members of the sight loss community on their experiences with e-scooters in Ottawa.  This feedback has been compiled into a report to be shared with City staff and other stakeholders. Read the full report.
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Applications for the 2022-2023 term of the CNIB National Youth Council are officially open!

January 04, 2022
Applications for the 2022-2023 term of the CNIB National Youth Council are officially open! Find out the specific responsibilities and tasks required of National Youth Council members and learn how to apply.
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Uber Canada commits to accessibility and inclusion of persons with sight loss

December 22, 2021
CNIB is pleased to announce a partnership with Uber Canada. Under this partnership, Uber Canada is reaffirming their commitment with CNIB over the next three years to create and support ongoing awareness campaigns around service animal policies. This includes sponsoring a CNIB guide dog, who will be raised, trained, and matched to support a Canadian with sight loss. The future guide dog is expected to be born in the spring.
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Bayer Canada Inc. commits to eye health in rural and remote communities in Northern Ontario

December 21, 2021
CNIB and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario are pleased to recognize support from Bayer Canada Inc. to develop an Indigenous health strategy for its vision rehabilitation services. This funding will reduce systemic barriers and disparity in vision care experienced by Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario and ensure vision rehab services are culturally appropriate.
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AODA Post-Secondary Standards Recommendations

December 20, 2021
In June 2021, the Ontario government published a report that contained 179 recommendations for Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  These standards aim to identify, remove, and prevent accessibility gaps and barriers faced by students with disabilities in post-secondary education.

The government called for members of the public and organizations to submit a response to the recommendations before they are finalized by the PSE Standards Development Committee. As such, we have submitted our feedback.
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CNIB unveils COVID-19 Vaccine Disability Dashboard

August 04, 2021
Toronto, ON – CNIB, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, revealed a new tool for Canadians with disabilities today.

The tool, known as the Canadian COVID-19 Vaccine Disability Dashboard, is a centralized resource that contains information for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility across Canada. This important resource aims to highlight how people with disabilities are being included in the vaccine rollout.
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CNIB advocates for inclusion at home and abroad this International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 02, 2021
December 3, 2021 – On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, CNIB is calling on the federal government to use the 44th session of Parliament to support the creation of a barrier-free Canada and illustrate how countries can create inclusive societies for people with disabilities.  
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CNIB Community Meeting

November 01, 2021
Join us for the CNIB Community Meeting in your province. This will be an opportunity for CNIB, CNIB Deafblind Community Services and Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada to provide you with organizational updates as we prepare for a post-pandemic world. As we take this time to connect to ensure we continue to provide innovative and inclusive programs and services for Canadians who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind, we want to hear from you.
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CNIB urges Government of Ontario to change provision which requires a driver’s license to update an Ontario Health Card

November 29, 2021
It has been nearly two years since CNIB first alerted the Government of Ontario that Ontarians who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind are currently unable to renew their Ontario Health Card online through the Government of Ontario website because the renewal form requires a driver’s license number. 

Recently, our most significant discussions have been with the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services around transforming the online health card renewal services to ensure they are accessible and available to Ontarians who are blind, partially sighted, and Deafblind.