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Peer Support Programs

It's not unusual to feel depressed, angry or alone when you experience a loss of sight. There will probably be times when you wish you had someone to help you work through these feelings. If you're struggling to overcome the emotional challenges of sight loss, we're here for you. Peer Support groups give you the opportunity to connect with others who are living with sight loss.

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CRA Persons with Disabilities Webinar

Benefits and credits available to you! If you live with a disability or have a dependent with a disability, there are benefits and tax credits available to you and the people who support you. Some of the benefits and credits to which you may be eligible for are the Disability tax credit, medical expenses, Canada caregiver credit, and the Child disability benefit.  During the webinar we will be able to answer your questions live. This CRA webinar occurs on Tuesday, October 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
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CRA Benefits & Credits for Caregivers Presentation

As a caregiver for an individual with a physical or mental impairment there may be benefits and tax credits available to you! Join our webinar to obtain more information about the following topics. Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), Canada Caregiver Credit, Medical Expenses, Slam the scam. During the webinar we will be able to answer your questions live. This CRA presentation occurs on Tuesday, October 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
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CRA Scam Awareness Presentation

Help protect yourself and others against fraud - Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number. Learn to recognize common types of scams and to identify legitimate communications from the CRA. This CRA presentation occurs on Wednesday, September 29 or Tuesday, October 26 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Pacific Time.
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Care Providers Virtual Café

The goal of this new support group is to build a community of support and facilitate an opportunity for connection among spouses, parents, children and other care providers for individuals with sight loss. This informal support group will meet once a month and will cover a different discussion topic each month based on priorities identified by the group. This group meets via Zoom web conference on the second Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Guide Dog Handlers Chat Group

This is a safe and supportive place for guide dog handlers from across the country to get together and chat. Share the joys and challenges of being a guide dog handler as well as tips to keep our guide dogs happy and engaged. This group runs via Zoom web conference biweekly on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Guide Dog Peer Group (Ontario)

Join other guide dog handlers to talk about social/advocacy issues. This group meets via teleconference biweekly on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Call-in information will be given upon registration. 
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Manitoba Virtual Coffee Group

Join us every Friday for a virtual meet up in the prairies with a friendly bunch of people looking to connect with others across the country! This group meets via teleconference every Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Coffee Club Social – Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario

Join the conversation! Even though we aren’t getting together in physical groups just yet, you can still call in for great conversation and comradery. This group meets via Zoom web conference the second and fourth Wednesday of every month 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Parenting With Sight Loss Group

A support group for blind/partially sighted parents.  From infancy to adulthood - blind mothers and fathers can learn, explore, and share their triumphs, challenges, tips and stories among peers in a supportive environment. The group meets twice monthly in order to accommodate busy schedules. This group runs via Zoom web conference on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time and the last Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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CNIB LGBTQ2S+ Social Group

Interested in meeting other members of the LGBTQ2S+ community who are also blind or partially sighted? Join the CNIB LGBTQ2S+ Social Group! The group meets monthly to discuss topics chosen by the group. This group meets via Zoom web conference on the fourth Thursday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.