WBU statement on White Cane Safety Day on Tuesday 15 October 2019

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The World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing White Cane Safety Day on Tuesday 15th October 2019.

White Cane Safety Day reminds the world of the importance of the White Cane as a tool for independent living for blind and partially sighted persons.

The World Blind Union takes this opportunity to advocate for policies, laws and proper infrastructure in all countries to allow independent and safe travel of blind and partially sighted persons in their homes, educational institutions, work environment, and their community.

This is in keeping with Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities (UNCRPD) which requires countries to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers and ensure that persons with disabilities can access their environment, transportation, and public facilities. It is also in line with Article 19 which states that persons with disabilities must be able to live independently, to be included in the community and to choose where they want to live: and Article 20 which states that personal mobility and independence are to be fostered by facilitating affordable personal mobility training in mobility skills and access to mobility aids.

In addition, Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals stresses the importance of making cities and human settlements inclusive and safe for all. It is necessary that countries work towards achieving this Goal as universal access will eliminate some the challenges currently experienced by blind and partially sighted White Cane users in our member countries.

As we commemorate this important day, it is our hope that policy makers recognize the importance of the right of blind and partially sighted persons to travel independently and safely in a universally accessible environment, and the use of the White Cane.

We believe that a more inclusive, accessible and equal society will lead to better living conditions for our community.

Accessible Canada Act Survey

Time to fill out this survey and share it with some of your networks: https://ca.surveygizmo.com/s3/50057094/Accessible-Canada-Act-Survey 

It comes together from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Reena in Toronto. The survey is to see if there needs to be more education on the Accessible Canada Act nationwide. They are looking to get input from across different regions in Canada. Once all the data is collected by HB and Reena, it will be provided to all parties running in the Federal Election with a public perspective on how to improve the Accessible Canada Act.

It is open to people all Canadians and residents, whether or not they identify as having a disability.

Feel free to share it with your colleagues too!

Biosimilars Survey 2019

The GI Society recently launched a survey on patient opinions and outlook regarding biologic medications, including biosimilars.

They’re inviting Canadian patients, from all disease areas, treated with biologic medications. They will use the information gathered anonymously and in aggregate to shape future programming and to inform community members, healthcare professionals, and health policy decision-makers.

Here is the link to the survey: https://badgut.org/biosimilars-survey-2019/

Inspire Democracy webinar for stakeholders – Webinaire d’Inspirer la démocratie destiné aux intervenants

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Nous organisons un webinaire important dans le cadre du programme Inspirer la démocratie destiné au réseau d’intervenants. Le webinaire portera sur la campagne d’information des électeurs et les produits de communication connexes qui vous aideront à communiquer des renseignements sur où, quand et comment s’inscrire pour voter.

Le webinaire aura lieu le 25 septembre, à 13 h (HE).

Si vous souhaiter y participer, inscrivez-vous en nous envoyant un courriel au plus tard le 21 septembre.

Nous vous remercions de votre soutien continu.

Outils et services de vote le jour de l’élection : https://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=spr&dir=acc&document=outan&lang=f

Good afternoon,

Inspire Democracy is hosting an important webinar for its network of stakeholders! Our focus will be on the Voter Information Campaign and related communications products. These products will help you share information on where, when and the ways to register and vote.

The webinar will be held on September 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

If you wish to participate, please register by sending us an email before Sept 21.

Thank you for your continued support. 

Voting assistance tools and services on election day: https://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=spr&dir=acc&document=outan&lang=e

AMD PSA at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

The PSA can be seen at Masters Programme screenings at the 2019
Toronto International Film Festival

Video Description: Dr. Peter Kertes, Dr. Cyntia Qian, and Dr. Varun Chandhary talk about their favourite movie moments while a black mark grows over their images from the center of the screen. The words, Movies Stay with you. So should your vision. Followed by, Spot the symptoms of AMD. The logos appear for the Fighting Blindness Canada, Canadian Retina Society, and the Canadian Council of the Blind.

Survey data needed!

Hi All,

There is a new treatment approved by Health Canada and soon CADTH will be requesting patient group feedback to get it listed/recommended for the provincial formularies. To this end we will be working with Fighting Blindness Canada on a joint submission and to do this we need to have survey data.

Have your say and fill in the survey by following the link below.


International Federation on Ageing Conference 2020

15th Global Conference on Ageing
Niagara Falls, Canada
1-3 November 2020
Rights Matter
Master Classes Available
Pre-conference Master Classes Available

Let’s hear from and #network with other campaigners and #activists who are aiming to shift negative social norms on #ageing and towards #OlderPeople at #IFAConf2020! Registration now open:https://bit.ly/2Z3nknj #RightsMatter
Abstract Submission

Are you undertaking #innovative research in the field of #ageing and #health? Abstract submission is now open for #IFA2020 :https://bit.ly/2G1qRrC #RightsMatter
15th Global Conference on Ageing
Niagara Falls, Canada
1-3 November 2020
Rights Matter
Submit your abstract