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Connecting the Dots Conference 2019

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Connecting the Dots logo. Text on image reads: CNIB Foundation Connecting the Dots. Braille, Technology and Employment Conference.

 

Join the CNIB Foundation as we launch our nationwide conference – Connecting the Dots – the largest educational and professional development experience focused on technology, employment and literacy for people with sight loss.  

History 

For over 40 years, the CNIB Foundation hosted the Braille Conference – a Toronto-based event where individuals with sight loss, braille transcribers, educators and CNIB staff members gathered to discuss the latest advancements in literacy.  

Through further research and collaboration with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, our conference has evolved into a more inclusive event that covers a range of topics, including technology, employment and literacy. 

About Connecting the Dots 

Everything we know about how we live, work, play and interact is quickly evolving. Attitudes are shifting and technology is advancing. These changes have improved the lives of many individuals with sight loss – but we still have barriers to smash. 

With over 40 workshops, this two-day conference will provide opportunities for participants to start smashing those barriers through: 

  • Connecting with other like-minded professionals; 

  • Experiencing the latest technological advancements in braille and assistive technologies; 

  • Exploring new ideas; 

  • Improving their skills and knowledge; and  

  • Gaining key practical experience from industry experts to aid in career advancement. 

What to expect 
 

As a participant 

At Connecting the Dots, you’ll be able to connect with other Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, as well as braille transcribers, educators and other members of the technology and employment communities in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Close to 300 participants are expected to attend the conference, as well as members of the CNIB Foundation's executive management team, volunteers and staff.

You’ll have the opportunity to network with industry experts, gain hands-on experience using new devices in braille and assistive technology, and increase your understanding of technology, employment and literacy for people with sight loss.

As an exhibitor 

Don’t miss your chance to connect firsthand with Canadians who are living with sight loss, as well as braille transcribers, educators and other members of the technology and employment communities in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Close to 300 participants are expected to attend the conference, as well as members of the CNIB Foundation's executive management team, volunteers and staff.  

You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your brand, promote your latest products and earn business. Connecting the Dots will be an unforgettable learning experience enriched with innovative ideas and best practices, and opportunities to share what works for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. 

As a presenter 

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, as well as braille transcribers, educators and other members of the technology and employment communities in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Close to 300 participants are expected to attend the conference, as well as members of the CNIB Foundation's executive management team, volunteers and staff. 

If you’re interested in presenting a topic related to employment, technology or literacy, please complete the application and submit it to ConnectingTheDots@cnib.ca by July 15, 2019. 

Call for Papers

Location 

Toronto, ON   

Date: October 29 and 30, 2019  

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Location: MaRS Discovery District 
 

Vancouver, BC  

Date: TBA 

Time: TBA

Location: [TBA
 

Montreal, QC  

Date: 2020 

Time: TBA

Location: TBA 

Registration

Registrations are not yet open for participants, presenters and exhibitors. Please check back soon!

 

For information, please email ConnectingTheDots@cnib.ca