TORONTO VISIONARIES WHITE CANE WEEK 2022 EXPO FORUM

Speakers on stage at the Expo Forum 2020.

Reforming Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program

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This year’s Forum will be an in-depth presentation on a topic critical to those living with vision loss in Ontario and across Canada. Over the past year, the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), in partnership with the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, BALANCE for Blind Adults, the CNIB, Fighting Blindness Canada, and others, conducted a user experience survey of the Assistive Devices Program administered by the Ontario Ministry of Health. The Forum will focus on the results of this important study, including its findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The presentation will be led by the study’s research leads, including Principal Investigator Dr. Keith Gordon, the CCB’s Senior Research Officer, as well as Investigators Dr. Chad Andrews and Michael Baillargeon.

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TOPIC: Reforming Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program

DATE: Wednesday, February 9, 2022

TIME: 4–5:30 p.m. EST

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Eye Health in Canada Summit

Link to Summit Video

This video is a recording of the  Canadian Council of the Blind’s (CCB) Summit on The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Eye Health in Canada held October 26, 2021. This project was spearheaded by the CCB in partnership with Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) and key partners the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)  and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS).

In this session a panel of experts share their perspectives on the addendum to the Cost of Vision Loss & Blindness in Canada report that specifically looks at the impact COVID has had on the blindness and vision loss community.

The Summit was proudly supported by our Presenting Sponsor Bausch + Lomb

About the Report
In 2020 the Canadian Council of the Blind, partnering with Fighting Blindness Canada, and key stakeholders, the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, conducted a supplementary study to reveal the astounding impact COVID-19 has had on eye health in Canada.
The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) engaged Deloitte Access Economics in December 2020 to provide a contemporary estimate of the annual social and economic cost of vision loss (VL) and blindness in Canada. In support of this report, the CCB partnered with Fighting Blindness Canada and key partners the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society.  The full report on the Cost of Vision Loss and Blindness in Canada using 2019 data was completed in May 2021. During the completion of that earlier document, it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic was having a major impact on the findings of the study.  It was therefore decided to conduct a supplementary study on the impact of the pandemic in 2020 on the prevalence and cost of VL. The findings of that study are presented as an addendum to the original report.  The estimated costs in the report reflect the impact of COVID-19 from March to December of 2020, highlighting aggregated, pan-Canadian effects

About the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)
The Canadian Council of the BlindIs the Voice of the Blind™ in Canada, a membership-based charity that brings together Canadians who are living with vision loss, the blind, deaf-blind and the partially sighted.  Advocating for its members, the CCB works to promote a sense of purpose and self-esteem along with an enhanced quality of life.  Based on belief in ABILITY, not disability Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is a vibrant network of active members across Canada.  Each chapter is unique to its geographic area and engages in a variety of social and recreational activities based on the interests of their local members. Visit www.ccbnational.net or call 1-877-304-0968 for more information.

About Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC)
Visit www.fightingblindness.ca or call 1-800-461-3331 to learn more.

About the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS)
Visit www.cos-sco.ca to learn more.

About the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Visit https://opto.ca/ for more information.
Visit www.opto.ca for more information.

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The Impact of COVID-19: An Addendum to the Cost of Vision Loss in Canada Study

The Cost of Vison Loss and Blindess in Canada Study was published in May of 2020. The world has been changing quickly since that initial study. COVID-19 has brought new challenges and costs to the Blind and Vision Impaired community.

Please find the full report below followed by summarys in both English and French.

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Calling all human rights defenders! The Governor in Council is seeking applications from diverse and talented people in Canada from across the country who are interested in being appointed on a full  or part time basis as Commissioners of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The Governor in Council is committed to filling this position following an open, inclusive, transparent and merit based selection process.
 
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