CNIB, BC Yukon Division

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

A young boy has his hand up to a computer screen and is learning to read using screen magnification assistive technologyOur Impact Why We Exist

Canada is one of the most prosperous and technologically advanced societies in the world yet many Canadians with vision loss are excluded from social and economic opportunities. There is a lack of skills training and support and the result is that 65 percent of working age adults with vision loss are unemployed and 50 percent earn less than $20,000 per year. The harsh reality is that only 45 percent of blind or partially sighted Canadian children graduate high school (compared to 90 percent of sighted kids). Imagine how hard it would be for a partially sighted child to learn the alphabet. Imagine how challenging it would be for a senior to read the instruction label on their prescription medicine. Imagine how difficult it would be to do your job if you lost your sight!

To tackle these challenges, CNIB Specialists train those we serve who are blind or partially sighted to access information using a variety of assistive devices. Having access to assistive devices coupled with the skills taught by CNIB Specialist encourages independence by giving those we serve the tools to function with freedom and confidence in day-to-day life. By enhancing skills and independence we increase self-reliance and personal capacity. CNIB’s programs and services are designed to reduce the shocking 65 percent unemployment rate for those living with vision loss.

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) Players enable individuals with vision loss to access books, magazines and newspapers in digital format that can be navigated by headings, chapters, pages and bookmarks that can be placed for later reference. CNIB’s collection is Canada’s largest with 80,000 accessible titles. DAISY players give those CNIB serves the tools to be productive, contributing members of our community. Reading a newspaper, enjoying a good book or keeping up with community and international developments builds the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. CNIB Specialists provide instruction on the use of assistive devices, like DAISY Players, accessible computer technology, and how to access CNIB’s collection via celalibrary.ca.

The reading, writing, communication, and computer proficiency skills offered by CNIB Specialists boost independence, confidence and the ability to be productive and contributing members of the British Columbian community.

Mason and his mom sit with a tactile book in front of them while Mason touches the tactile image of a hand.Our Story What We Do

Our dedicated specialists work with people of all ages in their own homes, communities or local CNIB offices — providing the personalized rehabilitation support they need to see beyond vision loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.

CNIB’s vital services include rehabilitation and support, an extensive range of helpful Shop CNIB products that can make life with vision loss easier, and one of the world's largest libraries for people who are unable to read traditional print — all of which are designed to help Canadians overcome the challenges of vision loss and lead full, active lives.

So whether you’re looking for emotional support, practical ways to stay active and independent without vision or more information about your vision health, we can help.

A young boy is walking on the sidewalk using a white cane, behind him is a teenaged boy walking with a white caneOur Programs How We Do It

CNIB’s community-based services empower Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to live independently to see beyond vision loss — and lead the lives they want. Whether that means learning to cook again after a loss of vision, going back to school, travelling with confidence or getting the emotional support you need to move forward, our services can help.

Our services are:

  • delivered where you need them — in your local CNIB office, community, over the phone, online or right in your own home.

  • offered in group or one-on-one settings depending on what’s right for you.

  • available to people with all degrees of vision loss. You don’t need to be totally blind to come to CNIB.

  • offered at no cost to you thanks in large part to the generosity of our donors.

Emotional and wellness support — Understanding and advice when you need it most

It’s not unusual to feel depressed, angry or alone when you experience a loss of vision, and there will probably be times when you wish you had someone to help you work through these feelings. If you’re struggling to overcome the emotional challenges of vision loss, we’re here for you.

Low vision services - Make the most of the sight you have

If you’ve experienced a partial loss of vision, learning to maximize your remaining sight can be life-changing. Our low vision specialists can help you make the most of your sight, and live life to the fullest.

Independent living services — Build everyday skills and confidence

Our specialists will work with you one-on-one or in a group setting, helping you build the skills to live independently and lead the life you want.

Independent travel instruction — Travel with confidence

Learning to travel alone with vision loss doesn’t have to be scary; in fact, it can be a liberating experience, and our caring specialists will be there every step of the way.

Child and family services — Build a brighter future for your child

At every stage, CNIB is an essential resource for children and families living with vision loss — helping children who are blind or partially sighted grow into successful, confident adults.

Assistive technology services — Stay connected

Discover a new world of cutting-edge products — from accessible audio book players, to video magnifiers, to computer screen readers and a host of other items to make life with vision loss easier.

Group of people smiling and standing in a circle with their arms in the centre against a blue skyWhat You Can Do

There are many ways you can get involved with CNIB and help support people who are blind or partially sighted in your community. You can give financial support through one of our many gift types or create your own fundraising event with proceeds going to CNIB.

Getting involved in CNIB means that you’ll be making a lasting difference for people who are blind or partially sighted in your community.

Who You're Helping — Real people. Real impact.

From children to seniors to adults, your support is impacting the lives of real Canadians, each and every day. Here are just a few of the stories of the people your support is helping.

Meet November Davies — “CNIB has saved my life and given it back to me.”

Meet Barrington Brown — “Taking up braille was a way to continue my love of reading.”

Meet Brian Brisebois — “I knew that I could be as independent as I wanted to be. It’s all about living life to the full.”

Meet Lauren Wu — “CNIB’s summer programs showed me there were other young people who had vision loss”

Meet Elva Hasselfeldt — “CNIB has extended my life. It truly has.”

Meet Robert — "I'm not disabled — I am enabled. CNIB got me going again; they got me back on my horse."

Contact

Shawna Rathbun
Foundation Relations Manager
250.595.1100
Charitable Number: 119219459RR0003

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