CNIB advocates are vigilant, whether raising awareness so people with print disabilities have access to alternate-format materials, or working for changes to assistive device programs across the country.
Although persons who are blind have been able to cast ballots since the 1933 Blind Voters Act, they still can’t independently verify the ballot has been completed according to our wishes. CNIB continues to work towards an electoral system to allow voters who are blind to independently choose and verify their ballot — a basic human right.
Smartphones provide access to information and useful apps for those with vision loss. CNIB wants things to be even better. We regularly provide input and suggestions to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) on improving digital access for subscribers. Our aim is to increase the availability of described video, as well as encouraging Canada's cable companies to introduce set-top boxes, allowing all subscribers to navigate a 500-channel universe.
Today, our advocacy efforts are working to bring about:
- A retail payment solution providing secure access when purchasing goods and services.
- Greater engagement from websites and digital platforms for those relying on assistive technology.
- Barrier-free access to the built environment.
- Equitable access to transportation, including public transit and taxis that accommodate passengers who are blind.
- Increased awareness of the abilities and skills of persons, regardless of their age, with sight loss.
- Fostering a collaborative approach in our advocacy efforts.
- Looking for innovative solutions allowing persons with sight loss to safely and independently manage their medication.