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In Memory of Michelle Anfinson

Aug 10 2018

Michelle Anfinson Memorium

In Memory of

Michelle Anfinson



In the morning of August 10, 2018

Michelle Anfinson lost her fight with cancer, at the age of 46.


Our thoughts are with her family, Marv, Amanda, Stacey, Trevor, and the grandchildren.


Michelle was very active in the CCB Regina Chapter, the Saskatchewan Team for the CVICC, and in the Western Bonspiels.  She was always there to help out people in need at any point in time.


She will be greatly missed.

Minister Duncan introduces the proposed Accessible Canada Act

Jun 25 2018

Today, following the most inclusive and accessible consultation with Canadians with disabilities and with the disability community, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, introduced the proposed Accessible Canada Act to Parliament. This historic legislation would enable the Government of Canada to take a proactive approach to end systemic discrimination of people with disabilities.

The goal of the legislation is to benefit all Canadians, especially Canadians with disabilities, through the progressive realization of a barrier-free Canada. The act would establish a model to eliminate accessibility barriers and lead to more consistent accessibility in areas under federal jurisdiction across Canada.

The bill outlines how the Government of Canada will require organizations under federal jurisdiction to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility, including in:

  • the built environment (buildings and public spaces);
  • employment (job opportunities and employment policies and practices);
  • information and communication technologies (digital content and technologies used to access it);
  • the procurement of goods and services;
  • the delivery of programs and services; and
  • transportation (by air as well as by rail, ferry and bus carriers that operate across provincial, territorial or international borders).

The Government of Canada is providing funding of approximately $290 million over six years that will further the objectives of the new legislation.

The act would strengthen the existing rights and protections for people with disabilities, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Human Rights Act and Canada’s approval of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It will do this through the development, implementation and enforcement of accessibility standards, as well as the monitoring of outcomes in priority areas. These requirements will be enforced by the new powers and enforcement measures needed to ensure compliance, and overall implementation will be monitored. No longer will Canadians with disabilities be expected to fix the system through human rights complaints, instead, new proactive compliance measures will ensure that organizations under federal jurisdiction are held accountable to ensuring accessible practices.

As the Government of Canada moves forward with the implementation of the proposed act, continued and meaningful participation by Canadians with disabilities will be crucial towards realizing a barrier-free Canada.

The Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO) will be Canada’s first-ever standards development organization exclusively dedicated to accessibility issues and will be led by persons with disabilities.

In keeping with the objectives of the bill and respecting the Government’s approach to historic and modern treaties, we will also support the work of First Nations leaders and communities to improve accessibility on reserve.

While this legislation is a significant first step in ensuring a barrier-free Canada for all Canadians, the Government of Canada will work collaboratively with partners in both the public and private sectors to create opportunities for full participation by people with disabilities in their communities and workplaces, and to help change the way society thinks, talks and acts about disability and accessibility.

Read more on the Government of Canada Website

The Canadian launch of the DR Barometer study – update & resource materials

May 28 2018

The IFA is pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian DR Barometer study results on May 24th, as part of our Vision Health Month activities – the announcement is focused on informing key audiences about how Canadian adults with diabetes are at risk of losing their sight unnecessarily. This landmark study involved 41 countries and included both the physician and patient perspective and generated some very interesting the results.  The campaign, which launches today will include a blend of traditional and social media activities, as well as ensuring that all Eye See You partners have the information and are able to share it with members. To ensure partners have all of the details, the IFA has prepared a ‘toolkit’ of materials, these include: news release announcing the results, backgrounder on the DR Barometer study, fact sheet on the Canadian results and an inforgraphic that tells the visual story of diabetes-related eye disease in Canada. Please feel free to share the materials within your organizations and we also ask that you help amplify the social media reach with your channels, as appropriate.

IFA 14th Global Conference August 8-10 2018

Exploring the Experiences of Learning Braille Among Adults with Vision Loss

May 28 2018

We are seeking participation for a research study that is being conducted through the University of Montreal to better understand the experiences of adults who have learned braille. The results from this study will help us to better understand the facilitators and barriers that adults experience during their braille training, and how to improve the training provided in future. We are seeking participation from people who are blind or who have low vision, are 40 years or older, and who have learned braille sometime within the past 10 years. Participation would involve a single, confidential, anonymous phone interview that will take between 60 and 90 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in participating, we will send you a consent form in advance that will tell you more about the study in either large print, braille or electronic (email) format. You also have the option of requesting a copy of the questionnaire in advance, to give you a better idea of the kind of questions we’ll ask.

The results from this study will help rehabilitation professionals design braille training programs that better meet the needs of adult and senior learners. Please feel free to tell others who may be interested in participating as well. Please feel free to write to me at

to learn more. Thank you for your time.

Natalie Martiniello, M.Sc, CVRT, Ph.D Candidate

University of Montreal

Consumer Access Group (CAG)

May 08 2018

Click here to Visit the Consumer Access Group at


The purpose of the Consumer Access Group (CAG) is to:

  • bring together national, provincial, and local organizations in order to develop position statements on issues important to Canadians with vision loss;
  • provide the Canadian public, service providers, and governments a consistent view on issues identified by CAG;
  • coordinate advocacy efforts, pool resources, and present a united stance to effect change.

Le mandat de la Table canadienne et citoyenne en déficience visuelle (TCCDV) est le suivant:

  • rassembler les organismes nationaux, provinciaux et régionaux offrant des services à des personnes aveugles ou ayant une vision partielle afin de produire des énoncés de position sur d’importantes questions touchant les personnes vivant avec une perte de vision;
  • offrir au public canadien, aux fournisseurs de services et aux diverses administrations publiques un point de vue uniforme sur les questions étudiées par la TVVDV;
  • coordonner les efforts de promotion et défense des droits, regrouper les ressources et présenter une position commune afin que des changements soient instaurés.