Friday, January 27, 2012

CNIB - A Great Canadian Organization

We are very fortunate in Canada to have the CNIB.  Most Canadians have heard about the CNIB but many  aren't aware of the many great resources that the CNIB has and provides to visually impaired Canadians.  Throughout my 13 years of practicing optometry, I've referred many patients with various levels of visual impairment to the CNIB.  However, not until recently did I learn of all they really have to offer.

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. 

Yesterday, I participated in the CNIB open house event at the St. Catharines office to celebrate their re-location.  The CNIB is very active in communities with many community based offices.  However, they also provide services to people in their own homes.  Here are just a few of the services they provide:

  • Low Vision Evaluation - Low vision specialists work with patients to find various low vision aids such as magnifying glasses and telescopes to help with reading, crafts, watching TV and other tasks and activities
  • Independent Living - Specialists work one on one in a person's home to help with daily living tasks such as using a stove, microwave, doing laundry or other activities.
  • High-Tech Low Vision Aids - Specialists demonstrate various technological devices such as computers with specialized programs and CCTV (closed circuit televisions). 
This is the tip of the iceberg.  The services provided by the CNIB run deep.  They have helped so many Canadians.  I encourage everyone to take a look at their website and support this worthy charity.

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