Become an advocate

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The CNIB Foundation Manitoba is stepping up its commitment to advocacy. We’re moving forward with advocacy to break down barriers and create an inclusive society.

Knowing how to advocate for yourself is what can truly affect change.  

At CNIB Manitoba we focus on two kinds of advocacy: CNIB Champions (advocating collectively) and self-advocacy.

CNIB Champions – Manitoba Champions are CNIB Foundation clients who advocate collectively to advance key issues and break down barriers to accessibility. Champions meet monthly to move forward on issues they feel passionately about, receiving specialized training along the way.

  • Issues of interest to Manitoba Champions in 2019-20 include: municipal sidewalk maintenance and snow clearing, accessible pedestrian signals and accessible navigation tools, employment, public education, an expanded assistive technology support program in Manitoba, and continued enactment of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA)’s five Standards. 
  • If you would like to learn more about the CNIB Champions program, or if you are interested in joining this working group, please contact Jessie Klassen at 204-789-0960, or email

Self-advocacy workshops – Self-advocacy is the power to ask for what you need and want, and the ability to tell people about your thoughts and feelings in order to improve your quality of life.

  • This interactive 1-hour workshop gives participants an overview of the difference between assertive, passive, and aggressive behaviour, some components of assertive behaviour, their rights as consumers under the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service, and steps they can take when they experience a barrier. 
  • If you are interested in attending a self-advocacy workshop, or would like to learn more, please contact Jessie Klassen at 204-789-0960, or email