As you may be aware, the Canadian Council of the Blind
(CCB) conducted a survey over the period April 7 to April 14 to determine the
impact that the COVID-19 pandemic was having on Canadians who are blind,
deaf-blind or partially sighted. The objective of the survey was to provide
recommendations to the federal, provincial and municipal governments in order
to assist them in creating policies to support those living with disabilities
during this time of COVID–19.
In the short time the survey was open responses were
received from 572 members of the vision loss community and yes we have heard
your voices. We were delighted and a little overwhelmed with the thorough, thoughtful
and heart felt emotion projected in your responses. The robustness of this sample
means that our survey will be considered to be truly reflective of the concerns
of our community at this time.
On behalf of the CCB, I would like to thank those who
participated in the survey, for providing us with your concerns and insights
and for enabling us to assemble a number of substantial recommendations for
government. Without your quick response, this report would not have happened
within the short timeframe essential to make our recommendations meaningful.
These recommendations are included in the full report available at the link
below. The report is fully accessible, and after reviewing it you may comment
on its results, by emailing; [email protected]
Once again, on behalf of CCB, I would like to thank you for participating. Please stay safe and healthy. Do your best to follow local COVID-19 guidelines and shelter in place to the extent possible.
Louise Gillis National President, Canadian Council of the Blind
Barrier free Canada – Canada
sans barrières congratulates the government on the formation of an advisory
group to take action on issues relating to Canadians with disabilities
We are very pleased to congratulate Minister Qualtrough on the initiative to establish this very important advisory group as there are many Canadians with disabilities who are quite concerned over how their needs and requirements are going to be met. From concerns over health issues, to financial issues, to scoial distancing, and more.
We believe that
each time that the government rolls out any type of initiative to help combat
COVID-19, the voices, needs, and concerns of Canadians with disabilities must
also be included.
While the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group (CDAG) includes strong repesentation from a cross-section of the disability community, it is important that the individuals appointed to the CDAG actually be representatives on behalf of their constituents, and not merely of the organizations with which they are affiliated.
all those sitting as representatives on the CDAG to engage in broad and
inclusive consultation with their respective communities, to ensure that a
broad spectrum of views and experiences are considered.
For the safety of our employees, their families, and our society, the employees of the National Office of the Canadian Council of the Blind will be working from home.
What does this mean for you?
Our physical doors are shut. There is no GTT drop in, and all meetings scheduled in the space are cancelled. BUT we are still answering our emails, and the phones (please be patient with the phones as they are being forwarded to our homes), and doing our best to keep things running.
As President of the Canadian Council of the Blind at this very important time with the Corona Virus (COVID-19) I want to assure all members that we at the Council express concern for our country and most particularly our membership whom we consider as family.
We have compiled a few things for your attention. Our office will be opened at varying hours throughout this time. Emails and telephone messages will be answered in due course so please if you have any concerns let us know. 1-877-304-0968, [email protected] and check our web site for updates.
It is important to cancel all CCB social activities at this time. What is important is to have phone contact with your membership especially those who live alone. You can still conduct your local meeting via phone, Skype and GTT which is a great way to pass time as well as ensuring everyone is safe. If you are calling a meeting that normally would be in person check with Becky regarding setting up by phone. Also check with your GTT contacts.
We know and realize there is a lot of information on the news and social media and it can be overwhelming so best advice is to stay inside your home, avoid close contact if you need to go out and wash your hands frequently. We have no idea how long this will go on!
Many stores and restaurants are now offering take out services so that will reduce contact. As we realize there are many who are unable to get out to buy essentials so this is a time that we can contact our neighbours and friends to pick up these items for those of us who are healthy but not able to get out.
On the positive side this is a great time to download more books to read, watch TV – AMItv and radio, and movies. It is also a great time to get some long awaited chores to get done while we are all home.