September 21, 2015
Several years ago, I went to vote in a municipal election. I took a taxi to the voting station and asked the taxi driver to help me to the desk. I requested assistance to vote because there was no way for me to vote independently. They to... Continue Reading: Voting Independently with Vision Loss
August 28, 2015
The world of technology is fast-moving, exciting and can leave people behind in a hurry. This article will help you identify some useful apps for people who are blind or partially-sighted. If you're new to the iPhone, try reading Continue Reading: Helpful iPhone Apps & Websites
August 20, 2015
How can a phone with no buttons help someone who is blind/partially sighted? The answer is simple: buttons have been replaced by gestures and iPhones can now talk to their owners much like something out of a science fiction movie. The adv... Continue Reading: How Can an iPhone Help me?
July 16, 2015 May 29, 2015 May 20, 2015 May 04, 2015 April 30, 2015 April 17, 2015 March 05, 2015
What do these three images have in common?
A blue and white striped towel flapping in the wind;
March 03, 2015
Guest blogger Joe Pelletier is a runner and freelance writer who has glaucoma.
"On April 4, I will be competing at an international 10km race in New Orlea... Continue Reading: Running for CNIB
February 09, 2015
Almost everyone, at some point, has planned ahead to avoid disaster by carrying a spare, whether it's a spare tire, spare keys, or some spare change. It only makes sense that a person with vision loss does the same... Continue Reading: My “Other” Pair Of Eyes
February 03, 2015
A good joke can ease us into a gentle groan or propel us into laughing out loud. It can also subtly hit the nail on the head of both truth and tragedy. Take for example, this humorous yet exasperated account ... Continue Reading: In Conversation...
January 26, 2015
The number of Crayola crayon colours has increased from 8 to 133 since 1903; Nestlé introduced the blue Smartie in 1988; and while once it was just a cup of coffee, today it's a tall non-fat extra foam one pu... Continue Reading: A Purple White Cane – Huh?
January 22, 2015
When attending college in the Interpreter Training program, our instructors always emphasized that the most important factor in being a good interpreter was our attitude. It didn't... Continue Reading: The importance of attitude
January 09, 2015
In the fall of 2014, I started a cooking group for youth clients in the Niagara Region. There are currently 4 members of the group between the ages of 11-17, as well as 3 volunteers who regularly attend to support ... Continue Reading: Cooking Group
January 07, 2015
By Nicole Lawrence, CNIB’s Communications Specialist for Atlantic Canada.
Continue Reading: Want another new year’s resolution you can keep?
November 17, 2014
Dear Izzy is an anonymous advice column that offers solutions to everyday challenges for people with vision loss.
The holiday season is quickly approaching and I am dreading all my upcoming family gatherings. ... Continue Reading: Izzy’s Tips For Independent Living
October 28, 2014
In Toronto, there are several ways to find out when the next bus is coming to your stop, from viewing the official schedule, to downloading an app, to using websites. I find the easiest to be a texting service that... Continue Reading: Riding the TTC - Simplified
October 23, 2014
This is my first blog post and I think I have at least seven different documents in draft form that I've been working on, trying to figure out which topic I'd like to focus on. Should I talk about the role of... Continue Reading: Stereotypes
September 25, 2014
Meet Graham. Graham is recently retired, and is a volunteer at CNIB in Ottawa. He has volunteered with CNIB for a number of years, but has been working at the CNIB Ottawa store for the past six months. In the absen... Continue Reading: Volunteer Profile: Graham
September 18, 2014
The Inner Vision Orchestra is made up entirely of talented blind and partially sighted musicians from around the world. They are hitting the road for their first ever UK tour, and a Kickstarter campaign has been st... Continue Reading: Facing the world through music
August 28, 2014
Meet Natasha. Natasha has volunteered for CNIB in Ottawa since 2013. During her time here, she has made phone calls to donors on behalf of the CNIB, and has taken on the role of receptionist in order to relieve sta... Continue Reading: Meet CNIB volunteer Natasha
August 18, 2014 August 14, 2014
Siri is probably the most fun feature of the IPhone but not everyone realizes it can be very helpful as well. Whether you have vision loss or not, there are many useful commands which SIRI can perform to make your everyday life easier. Be... Continue Reading: Everyday Siri Commands
August 08, 2014
This year, CNIB is hosting its second annual CNIB Night Steps fundraising event – a fun and easy walk under the stars – in six cities across Canada. Proceeds from the event will support CNIB’s vital services, such ... Continue Reading: Night Steps is back!
July 15, 2014
Guest blog by Peter Parsons, Manager of Programs and Services, CNIB
Continue Reading: The start of something great: CNIB and Dalhousie University offer Judo and self-defense lessons
July 08, 2014
You may have noticed that the buzz around braille is more prevalent these days. As I was asked this question during one of my presentations recently I thought I would muse about it on the blog and we can ponder it together.
Let m... Continue Reading: Why the Resurgence in Braille
July 04, 2014 May 29, 2014
A number of the most common eye diseases causing vision loss are age-related, meaning that as our population gets older, the prevalence of eye diseases will increase. In fact, over the next 25 ye... Continue Reading: Age and vision loss
January 04, 2014 September 03, 2013
During a recent interview with a professional publication on the subject of eye injuries, I was asked the question: “Can prolonged viewing of a computer screen cause damage to the eye?” I thought I would discuss my... Continue Reading: Computer Eye Strain
May 16, 2013
When it comes to taking care of one’s health we often hear advice from doctors along the following line: ”It’s never too soo n to start.” This guideline applies just as much to one’s visual health. So much of what ... Continue Reading: Eye Health for Children
May 06, 2013 April 09, 2013 April 04, 2013
The inadequacies of the distribution of corneal tissue banking in Canada have been highlighted in the media over the past couple of weeks. I would like to discuss why it is so important to have a na... Continue Reading: Corneal Transplants
March 13, 2013 February 22, 2013
One of the things that irks me the most with iDevices is the virtual keyboard. Sure, I can tap away quick text messages and the like, but it's not really feasible for long typing sessions. I resort to Bluetooth key... Continue Reading: A New Way To Type On Your iDevice
February 22, 2013
By: Dr. Keith Gordon, Vice-President, Research, CNIB
If you are nearsighted, did you ever wonder whether your children would also have to wear eyeglasses... Continue Reading: Nearsightedness Genes
January 29, 2013 January 14, 2013 January 04, 2013
How I learned to read braille
First things first, I needed to acclimatize myself to tactile sensations felt through my fingers. My teacher's assistant in kindergart... Continue Reading: Braille Rules! Part 2
January 04, 2013
I have touched on many topics within this blog, but there is one that I have found quite daunting to approach, since it's so dear to me, yet has become somewhat controversial: Continue Reading: Braille Rules! Part 1