Call for Volunteers

Call for Volunteers
Research Project to inform Accessibility Standards for Heritage Buildings under Federal Jurisdiction in Canada

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities are looking for 15 volunteers to partake in a research project to inform accessibility standards for heritage buildings under Federal jurisdiction in Canada.
An honorarium will be provided to those who become part of the working group.

For further information and registration, please see the following document
Registration closes September 15, 2022.

Reforming Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program: February 2022

ADP overlaid on Ontario

“The primary goal of the survey, outlined in Assistive Devices Report, was the development of a rigorous and patient-centered evidence-base from which we made recommendations to ADP governing bodies that are informed, substantive, and reflective of the needs of Ontarians living with vision loss.”

Dr. Keith Gordon Ph.D. M.Sc. (Epid.)
Principal Investigtor
Senior Research Officer
Canadian Council of the Blind

Logos: AEC, Balance for Blind Adults CCB, CNIB, FBC, OCADU.

Vision Month Expo 2022

The CCB’s Toronto Visionaries Chapter hosted its annual Experience Expo Forum (presented both live and virtually) on Saturday, May 28 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor West) in Toronto.

Topic:  Best Practices, Informed Consent and Understanding Patient’s Rights. Compliance and side effects.
Speakers: The Forum will feature a panel of experts.
Dr. Chad Andrews, Director of Research and Policy, College of Optometrists of Ontario
Sarah Shephard, Patient Advocate
John Adams, Patient’s Rights Advocate
Dr. Keith Gordon, Senior Research Officer, Canadian Council of the Blind
DATE: Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Forum discussed the best practices – a patient’s right to informed consent and full disclosure for whatever the treatment, including all of the informed therapies, their side effects, dosage frequency, all options, and costs (which should never influence what a patient is prescribed) before a treatment decision is made.

Vision Month Gala 2022

CCB’s Gala celebration of Vision Health Month 2022. The Gala took place on Tuesday, May 17 at Christ Church Cathedral in the Great Hall, located at 414 Sparks Street in Ottawa, Ontario.

Megan Laurence to Sing “O Canada
Jim Tokos, National President, CCB, Delivers Welcome
Presentation of the 2022 White Cane Week Person of the Year Award (Luna Bengio)
Presentations of 1st 2022 President’s Awards (Balance for Blind Adults – Dr. Deborah Gold)
Presentations of 2nd 2022 President’s Awards (Dr. Keith Gordon)
Honoring the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
Remembering Richart Bocxe (1949-2021)
CCB Stand with Ukraine
Carol Hughes – Member of Parliament & Olha Sotska – Ukraine Parliamentary Internship
Toast to the Queen
Ric Watson – Ottawa Mission Food Service Training Program Chef
Grace
David Errington, President and CEO, AMI
Michael Baillargeon, Canadian Council of the Blind
Jutta Treviranus, Founder, Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University
Doug Earle, Presidnet and CEO, Fighting Blindness Canada
Catherine Langlois, VIA Rail Canada
Alfred MAcLeod, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat – Introducing Key Note Speaker
Luna Bengio, Office of Pulbic Service Accessibility, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat – Keynote Speaker

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 Cost of Vision Loss in Canada

Stop the crisis of preventable blindness

Over 1.2 million Canadians are blind, deaf-blind, or partially sighted, and the number of Canadians living with vision loss (VL) is growing everyday. This has profound implications for individuals communities, the economy, and our healthcare system. The Cost of Vision Loss and Blindness in Canada, is a new report that provides an up-to-date assessment of the prevalence and cost of vision.

The growing VL crisis affects all Canadians and will continue to do so. The report outlines the financial impact vision loss has on individual, Canadian families, and our health system. This is an urgent crisis, and with the findings of this report, it is clear that a National Vision Health Plan is needed to provide access to eye exams, therapies, prevention measures and funding for ongoing research.

The Cost of Vision Loss and Blindness in Canada is a joint initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC), the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS).

For more information, or to read the full report, please visit stopvisionloss.ca

Cost of Vision Loss & Blindness Summit

Cost of Vision Loss & Blindness Summit
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 2 – 3:45 pm ET

 

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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.

Featured speakers:
Dr. Keith Gordon, Senior Researcher, Canadian Council of the Blind
Dr. Michael Nelson, President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists
Dr. Colin Mann, President of the Canadian Ophthalmology Society
Louise Gillis, President of the Canadian Council of the Blind
Doug Earle, President & CEO of Fighting Blindness Canada

This program is presented by Bell Canada.

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

This program is presented by Bell Canada.

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The Cost of Vision Loss & Blindness in Canada

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