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Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN)

VIRN is a non-profit organization that delivers programs and activities that focus on providing positive experiences and information to build the confidence of people who are vision impaired to lead fully inclusive and productive lives. Visit the VIRN website for more information.

Manitoba Blind Sports Association 

Since 1976, the Manitoba Blind Sports Association has been the recognized not-for-profit sport governing body for Manitoba athletes who are blind or who have vision loss. Their mission is to encourage people who are blind or have vision loss to participate in sport at all levels of skill and ability, and to develop athletes of a national and international caliber. For more information, visit the Manitoba Blind Sports Association website.

Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind (RCMDB) 

Offers information, advocacy, public education. Refers individuals to appropriate community resources. RCMDB is associated with the Manitoba Deaf-Blind Association, Inc. For more information, visit the RCMDB website, or email

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)

AEBC is a national grassroots, peer support organization that is comprised of Canadians who are blind, deafblind or partially sighted and our supporters from the public at large. They are engaged in the delivery of public awareness and education initiatives. To become a member or for more information, email

Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD)

SMD Services provides programs and services in areas ranging from education and work experience to counselling and therapy programs which assist the development of individual independence and community support for persons with disabilities. Visit the SMD website for more information. 

Independent Living Resource Centre (ILRC)

The ILRC is a consumer controlled organization that promotes and supports citizens with disabilities to make choices and take responsibility for the development and management of personal and community resources. Visit the ILRC website for information on the services they offer.

Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES)

REES has helped people with physical disabilities and/or health conditions connect with quality employment since 1989. REES offers a wide range of employment conselling and consultation services, connecting Winnipeg job-seekers with employers. Visit the REES website for more information.

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

CCRW helps persons with disabilities find a job or career, helps employers to hire persons with disabilities and helps employers to support employees with disabilities. To find out more, visit the CCRW website.

Career & Employment Youth Services (CEYS)

CEYS is an employment service agency based in Brandon. They strive to offer assistance to anyone who self-identifies as living with a disability by helping them find an entrance to an employment opportunity. For more information visit the CEYS website

A & O: Support Services for Older Adults 

A & O offers specialized programs and services that are accessible to older Manitobans that support and enhance their social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual lives and promote active participation in all aspects of community life. Hand in hand with older adults, and through partnerships with community groups, the Agency takes action to improve the quality of life for older adults in Manitoba through advocacy, education and service delivery. To learn more, visit the A & O website or email

Creative Retirement Manitoba

Creative Retirement Manitoba is an education centre that contributes to the community by developing and offering innovative and interactive learning opportunities to the 55+ population. Creative Retirement presents opportunities for individuals to enrich their lives and share their knowledge and life experiences For more information visit the Creative Retirement website.

The Disabilities Issues Office 

In 2002, the Government of Manitoba established the Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) to support and report to the Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities. The DIO works independently across government and coordinates policy and programs for persons with disabilities. On their site, you will find up-to-date information on disability services, policies and issues in Manitoba, along with links to other disability issues offices federally and provincially. For more information, visit the DIO website.

Manitoba Association of Optometrists 

The Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) is responsible for the regulation of the practice of Optometry in Manitoba in accordance with The Optometry Act and Regulation. For more information, email or visit the MAO website

The Opticians of Manitoba (OOM)

The Opticians of Manitoba (OOM) regulates the profession of Opticianry in Manitoba. They set standards of practice to ensure that all Manitobans receive safe and competent care. By law, all persons who practise as Opticians and Contact Lens Opticians in Manitoba must be registered and licensed members of OOM. For more information visit the OOM website.

Agency Partners

United Way Winnipeg

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