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Whether it's career support, tech training, youth groups, cooking classes or book clubs – our virtual programs are guaranteed to keep you entertained and engaged. Programs are free and available to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted as well as their families, friends and caregivers.

Unleashing the power of technology lets you lead an independent life. Our "Technology" programs level the playing field, providing skills and training that focus on the accessible, available, and affordable technology.

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Phone It Forward

CNIB wants to ensure that anyone who is blind or partially sighted can benefit from safety, independence, and enablement that a smartphone, along with the proper training, can provide. If you have sight loss, live in Canada and are registered with the CNIB Foundation, you are eligible for a free smartphone through Phone It Forward.
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CNIB SmartLife

Home to hundreds of products that can make life easier after a loss of sight, CNIB SmartLife is a retail enterprise created by the charity Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Smartlife, formerly known as Shop CNIB, has grown to be one of Canada’s largest retailers of assistive products for people who are blind or partially sighted, serving more than 15,000 customers per year.

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Technology Programs

Our tech programs include introductions to new, accessible technology options like smartphone apps and the latest devices for people with varying degrees of sight loss. There are opportunities for learning, sharing and problem-solving in groups and one-on-one. Register for a program or workshop today!
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iPhone/iPad Training Workshops

Learn how to use the vision accessibility features on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (Updated for iOS11). Workshops are provided by Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired.