The Canadian Council of the Blind

The Canadian Council of the Blind The CCB is the "Voice of the Blind"® in Canada. The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) was founded in 1944 by blind war veterans and schools of the blind.

All officers and directors are blind or visually impaired which gives a unique sensitivity to the needs of the blind community. With 65 chapters across Canada, the CCB is the largest membership based organization for the blind. The CCB deals with the ongoing effects of blindness with specific programs to encourage active participation in local communities, education, sports and recreation and employment.

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Engagement on the Disability Inclusion Action PlanThe Government of Canada is consulting Canadians on how to improve the...
06/10/2021
Consultation on the Disability Inclusion Action Plan - Canada.ca

Engagement on the Disability Inclusion Action Plan

The Government of Canada is consulting Canadians on how to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities. Your feedback will support the evelopement of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

Read more and Participate here
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/accessible-canada/consultation-disability-inclusion-action-plan.html

The Government of Canada is consulting Canadians on how to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities. Your feedback will support the development of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

06/02/2021
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To mark National AccessAbility Week from May 30 to June 5, 2021, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, just issued the following statement:

National AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities. It is a chance to reaffirm our commitment to inclusion and to eliminating barriers that deny people with disabilities full and equal access to health care, to economic security, to information, to products and services, to transportation, to education, and to employment.

Accessibility is a human right. It is essential to ensuring that people in Canada can fully participate and contribute to Canadian society. As we work to implement the Accessible Canada Act, the Commission is committed to ensuring that everyone can fully enjoy and benefit from this fundamental human right.

Read the full statement here.
https://trk.cp20.com/click/b8fq-2eij7b-6aerkv-fltodk61/

National #AccessAbility Week in Canada is here! Share a photo or a video of how you are marking this important week!Cana...
06/01/2021

National #AccessAbility Week in Canada is here! Share a photo or a video of how you are marking this important week!
Canada.ca/accessability-week #LeavingNoOneBehind #AccessibleCanada

National #AccessAbility Week in Canada is here! Share a photo or a video of how you are marking this important week!
Canada.ca/accessability-week #LeavingNoOneBehind #AccessibleCanada

In 2009 a study was undertaken to uncover the cost of vision loss in Canada. In the past ten years, much has changed in ...
05/21/2021
Cost of Vision Loss & Blindness Summit – Canadian Council of the Blind

In 2009 a study was undertaken to uncover the cost of vision loss in Canada. In the past ten years, much has changed in vision care in Canada. This year, the Canadian Council of the Blind and Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) have partnered on a landmark study to evaluate how the cost of vision loss and blindness has changed. Join us to learn about the results of the report and hear perspectives of this data from optometry, ophthalmology and patient advocates.

This program is presented by Bell Canada.

There will be time for Q&A. Please send questions in advance to [email protected]

May 26, 2:00pm EDT

https://ccbnational.net/shaggy/2021/05/18/cost-of-vision-loss-blindness-summit/

Posted on May 18, 2021May 19, 2021 by info ccbnationalCost of Vision Loss & Blindness Summit Cost of Vision Loss & Blindness SummitWednesday, May 26, 2021, 2 – 3:45 pm ET   In 2009 a study was undertaken to uncover the cost of vision loss in Canada. In the past ten years, much has changed in visi...

05/21/2021
05/19/2021
www.stopvisionloss.ca

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of Fighting Blindness Canada and the Canadian Council of the Blind in the attached letter, we urge the Government of Canada to fulfill its commitment made three times at the World Health Organization since 2003 to develop a Vision Health Plan for Canada.

The need is urgent as a new Cost of Vision Loss and Blindness in Canada Report released on May 5, 2021 has identified:

* Over 8 million Canadians living with a blinding eye disease that left undiagnosed and untreated places them at significant risk of losing their sight.
* However, 3 out of 4 have treatment options if diagnosed early enough to stabilize their sight and prevent blindness.
* 1.2 million Canadians have already experienced vision loss and this number is estimated to grow to 2 million by 2050.
* The cost of vision loss and blindness in Canada in 2019 is $32.9 billion, where 65% is borne by individuals and their families.
* It is estimated the cost of vision loss and blindness will grow to $56 billion by 2050.

We look forward to an opportunity to meet to discuss working together to fulfill the Government of Canada’s commitment to the World Health Organization and Canadians for a Vision Health plan to STOP Vision Loss in Canada. This emerging crisis of preventable blindness does not have to happen.

To obtain a full copy of the report from Deliotte Access Economics, please visit www.STOPVisionLoss.ca .

Register now for AMI's first-ever virtual event, AMI Connect!On Thursday, June 3, 2021, AMI Connect will introduce atten...
05/12/2021
AMI Connect

Register now for AMI's first-ever virtual event, AMI Connect!

On Thursday, June 3, 2021, AMI Connect will introduce attendees to the stars of AMI’s programs, including NOW with Dave Brown, Kelly and Company, AMI This Week, Level Playing Field, Eyes for the Job, Kitchen Confession with Mary Mammoliti and more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with AMI hosts and get tips and advice on everything from employment to assistive technology, to making your kitchen a safe cooking space! And, learn more about AMI’s original podcasts, how to access AMI in your area and how AMI is serving members of the blind and partially sighted community in Canada.

AMI is a Canadian television broadcaster that puts a spotlight on the stories from the disability community across Canada.
https://bit.ly/3u3iBhq

Join us on Thursday, June 3, for our AMI Connect virtual event. This entertaining and informative event will introduce you to the stars of AMI’s programs, including NOW with Dave Brown, Kelly and Company, AMI This Week, Level Playing Field, Eyes for the Job, Kitchen Confession with Mary Mammoliti ...

Join us over Zoom this Friday, March 26th at 8:00 PM Eastern for Ken's Friday Night Jam! Registration is free for this v...
03/24/2021

Join us over Zoom this Friday, March 26th at 8:00 PM Eastern for Ken's Friday Night Jam! Registration is free for this virtual concert. Contact [email protected] for details.

#WeAreCCB #VirtualEvents #Music #StayHome #VirtualConcerts

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Join us over Zoom this Friday, March 26th at 8:00 PM Eastern for Ken's Friday Night Jam! Registration is free for this virtual concert. Contact [email protected] for details.

#WeAreCCB #VirtualEvents #Music #StayHome #VirtualConcerts

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How many of these women did you know about?https://www.afb.org/blog/entry/womens-history-month#:~:text=%20Online%20Learn...
03/22/2021
Seven Blind Women You Should Know About for Women's History Month | American Foundation for the Blind

How many of these women did you know about?
https://www.afb.org/blog/entry/womens-history-month#:~:text=%20Online%20Learning%20Resources:%20Seven%20Blind%20Women%20You,us%20know%20if%20you%20have%20information!)%20More

03/27/2020 March is Women’s History Month, typically a time to encourage the celebration and study of the vital role of women in American history. But this year, parents and teachers around the world are confronting uniquely challenging circumstances, as schools face unprecedented closures to comb...

What are some accessible tips that you use in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments! https://youtu.be/DqFowyOaMX0
03/19/2021
My Accessible Kitchen Tour

What are some accessible tips that you use in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments! https://youtu.be/DqFowyOaMX0

In this video, I take a tour through my kitchen and show all the gadgets and tricks I use. Amazon shop where you can find the products I show in this video. ...

Some exciting updates on funding for accessible reading materials!https://celalibrary.ca/blog/cela-and-nnels-joint-respo...
03/18/2021
CELA and NNELS' Joint Response to Minister Qualtrough’s Announcement | CELA

Some exciting updates on funding for accessible reading materials!
https://celalibrary.ca/blog/cela-and-nnels-joint-response-minister-qualtroughs-announcement

Published 16 March 2021 by Laurie Davidson CELA services Tags: Federal Funding Today Minister Qualtrough released a statement restoring $1 million in funding for accessible reading materials for the upcoming 2021-2022 budget year, meaning there will not be cuts to funding for CELA and NNELS, or thei...

The Women of CCB are facilitating a presentation and discussion on the Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship with Laurie J....
03/18/2021

The Women of CCB are facilitating a presentation and discussion on the Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship with Laurie J. Samuel, PhD. Join us over Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, at 7:00 pm EDT! Send us a message for Zoom link details.

Dr. Laurie Samuel is a criminologist with expertise in police-community relations, police misconduct, and interpersonal violence. Throughout her career, she has worked to reduce and prevent violence against women in a variety of settings.

Dr. Samuel is a former professor at Howard University, and before that she worked with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC for over ten years. She is a leading expert in Early Identification and Intervention Systems.

On March 14, 2018, Dr. Samuel launched the Cupid’s Sting Non-Profit Organization, which partners with the community to create a safer and healthier environment for families, students, employees, and neighbours. The mission of Cupid’s Sting is to teach women life-saving skills through workshops on interpersonal violence, domestic violence, and street harassment, including self-defence techniques.

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The Women of CCB are facilitating a presentation and discussion on the Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship with Laurie J. Samuel, PhD. Join us over Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, at 7:00 pm EDT! Send us a message for Zoom link details.

Dr. Laurie Samuel is a criminologist with expertise in police-community relations, police misconduct, and interpersonal violence. Throughout her career, she has worked to reduce and prevent violence against women in a variety of settings.

Dr. Samuel is a former professor at Howard University, and before that she worked with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC for over ten years. She is a leading expert in Early Identification and Intervention Systems.

On March 14, 2018, Dr. Samuel launched the Cupid’s Sting Non-Profit Organization, which partners with the community to create a safer and healthier environment for families, students, employees, and neighbours. The mission of Cupid’s Sting is to teach women life-saving skills through workshops on interpersonal violence, domestic violence, and street harassment, including self-defence techniques.

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Check in with your local CCB chapter for upcoming events. Not sure what chapters are close to you...
03/17/2021

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Check in with your local CCB chapter for upcoming events. Not sure what chapters are close to you? Go to our website with the link in our bio and find out!

#WeAreCCB #StayHome #VirtualEvents #St.Patrick’sDay21 #It’sPaddyNotPatty

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Check in with your local CCB chapter for upcoming events. Not sure what chapters are close to you? Go to our website with the link in our bio and find out!

#WeAreCCB #StayHome #VirtualEvents #St.Patrick’sDay21 #It’sPaddyNotPatty

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Join us on Friday, March 19th at 7:00 pm EDT. on Zoom for ‘Flying in the Dark’, an evening of story telling with Kim Kil...
03/16/2021

Join us on Friday, March 19th at 7:00 pm EDT. on Zoom for ‘Flying in the Dark’, an evening of story telling with Kim Kilpatrick. A one woman show with a collection of hilarious and powerful stories.

Kim has performed on the NAC’s fourth stage and in story telling theatre festivals across the country. Kim is also the creator of CCB’s Get Together with Technology program.

For Zoom details please contact the CCB Toronto Visionaries at [email protected] or by calling 416- 760-2163

#WeAreCCB #BlindAndLowVision #Women

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Join us on Friday, March 19th at 7:00 pm EDT. on Zoom for ‘Flying in the Dark’, an evening of story telling with Kim Kilpatrick. A one woman show with a collection of hilarious and powerful stories.

Kim has performed on the NAC’s fourth stage and in story telling theatre festivals across the country. Kim is also the creator of CCB’s Get Together with Technology program.

For Zoom details please contact the CCB Toronto Visionaries at [email protected] or by calling 416- 760-2163

#WeAreCCB #BlindAndLowVision #Women

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By now many of you know that the federal government intends to phase out its $4 million in funding to accessible reading...
03/15/2021

By now many of you know that the federal government intends to phase out its $4 million in funding to accessible reading materials.
 
Join us this Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 pm EDT. on Zoom, for a special presentation from the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) and Braille Literacy Canada (BLC). CCB and BLC are hosting a special information session with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) & the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS). Find out more about how you can support CELA & NNELS on their mission to protect accessible reading materials. Zoom details to be provided upon registration. Please, register at [email protected] by March 17th 2021.
 
#SaveOurBooks #RestoreAccessibleBookFunding #WeLoveBooks
 
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By now many of you know that the federal government intends to phase out its $4 million in funding to accessible reading materials.
 
Join us this Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 pm EDT. on Zoom, for a special presentation from the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) and Braille Literacy Canada (BLC). CCB and BLC are hosting a special information session with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) & the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS). Find out more about how you can support CELA & NNELS on their mission to protect accessible reading materials. Zoom details to be provided upon registration. Please, register at [email protected] by March 17th 2021.
 
#SaveOurBooks #RestoreAccessibleBookFunding #WeLoveBooks
 
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03/15/2021

Aira is here to help us navigate spaces for the vaccine that are not fully accessible. Learn more about their special efforts and promotion on our website. (ccbnational.net)

Without warning or consultation, the Federal Government announced in its 2020 Fall Economic Statement, that it would wit...
03/10/2021

Without warning or consultation, the Federal Government announced in its 2020 Fall Economic Statement, that it would withdraw the current 4 million dollars which supports accessible reading materials and programs. Therefore, ending all support to accessible reading materials by 2024-2025. This 4 million dollars in funding is split between CELA (3 million annually) and NNELS (1 million annually) to provide material to those across Canada with print disabilities.

The Canadian Council of the Blind is asking you to add your voice in support of CELA and NNELS and write to both Ministers and to your local Member of Parliament to ask that the funding for accessible reading materials be fully restored. More resources, including sample letters, can be found on the CELA’s and NNELS’s websites.

#Accessibility #RestoreAccessibleBookFunding #WeAreCCB #AudioBooks #DisabilityJustice #Change #BlindAndLowVision

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Without warning or consultation, the Federal Government announced in its 2020 Fall Economic Statement, that it would withdraw the current 4 million dollars which supports accessible reading materials and programs. Therefore, ending all support to accessible reading materials by 2024-2025. This 4 million dollars in funding is split between CELA (3 million annually) and NNELS (1 million annually) to provide material to those across Canada with print disabilities.

The Canadian Council of the Blind is asking you to add your voice in support of CELA and NNELS and write to both Ministers and to your local Member of Parliament to ask that the funding for accessible reading materials be fully restored. More resources, including sample letters, can be found on the CELA’s and NNELS’s websites.

#Accessibility #RestoreAccessibleBookFunding #WeAreCCB #AudioBooks #DisabilityJustice #Change #BlindAndLowVision

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: The words “SAVE CELA” appear in white text on top of an image that contains a short row of books. The binding of the books is facing upwards. Below the image is white space with smaller, dark blue text that reads “Funding for accessible reading materials is being cut!”

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