About CNIB Research

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The research department has four strategic priorities for 2018-19:

  1. Employment of persons with sight loss in Canada. We’ll do our own survey of working-age people in Canada who are blind and partially sighted and compare the results to international benchmarks in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the U.S. At the same time, we’ll work to build measurements and tools for CNIB's future career support initiatives.
  2. Educational outcomes for youth with sight loss. Employment outcomes are supported by successful educational journeys, so this priority area will focus on benchmarking and understanding the educational outcomes of youth with sight loss in Canada.
  3. Technology access, utilization and literacy. We must understand how our clients use technology and get a good grasp their tech literacy. We also want to understand braille literacy and the paths of access to information used within the blind and partially sighted Canadian population.
  4. Health-care provider attitudes and the integration of vision loss rehabilitation within the healthcare system. We need to understand the sight loss journeys of our clients in order to ensure timely, seamless and supportive access to healthcare and vision loss rehabilitation for people in Canada. We also need to learn what they think about the attitudes of healthcare providers, the impact of mental health on their adjustment to sight loss and their perceptions around vision loss rehabilitation.

Our team

With academic and professional credentials across a wide range of disciplines, the CNIB Foundation’s research team is passionate about contributing to knowledge and understanding of blindness in Canada and around the world.

  • Mahadeo Sukhai, PhD, Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer
  • Shampa Bose, Research Associate
  • Christine Robbins, Specialist, Strategic Research

 CNIB's research intent process

Are you a researcher who is interested in working with CNIB clients as part of your research? Do you have a research question relevant to the blind and partially sighted population?
CNIB’s research intent process lets you work with the CNIB Research Department to engage with CNIB clients as participants in your research.

Download the CNIB research intent form here.

Research Intent Form




Research intent form submissions will be reviewed within 21 calendar days and a member of the department will be in touch to review outcomes with you. All approvals are provisional, dependent upon an approval letter from your university or institution research ethics board.

Please contact us to inquire about our process at research@cnib.ca

Interested in CNIB research?

Getting involved as a volunteer with CNIB means that you will be making a lasting difference for people who are blind or partially sighted. CNIB's research department helps to support the direction of programs and services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted in your community through:

  • surveys
  • focus groups
  • literature reviews
  • qualitative and quantitative data analysis

If you have experience with any of the above research methods and are interested in helping to support the blind and partially sighted in your community and across Canada, please contact us.  

Contact us

Email research@cnib.ca