AIRA Vaccine Promo

Introducing the COVID Vaccine promo

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts expand, it has become clear that many websites and processes to register, set appointments, and navigate spaces for the vaccine are not fully accessible to those in the blind and low-vision community.   While it is the responsibility of government and healthcare entities to comply with the law and ensure that their platforms and processes are accessible, and while the community will continue its advocacy efforts, we cannot wait to get the vaccine. Therefore, we are introducing the COVID promo to assist the Explorer community in obtaining these crucial vaccines. For up to 30 minutes per day, Explorers may use Aira free for vaccine-related tasks.

To help our advocacy efforts, we would ask that you use the hashtag #CovidBLV in any and all social media postings and share some of the gaps and barriers you encountered. 

Our goal is to ensure that entities understand their obligation to make their websites and processes as accessible as possible. As they work to do so, we can assist people in the following ways regarding their COVID vaccinations.

● Researching if Explorer qualifies and determining places to register and receive vaccinations.

● Assisting with registering for and scheduling vaccination appointments using TeamViewer on the computer or TeamViewer Quick Support on the smartphone.

● Navigating locations where vaccines are provided, such as healthcare centers, public health facilities, mass vaccination locations, and drive-up sites.

● Assisting in scheduling second vaccination appointments.

● Taking post-vaccination selfies.

This promo does not cover:

● Non-vaccine-related COVID research

●Transportation to and from the vaccination site

● Registering others outside of the immediate family for vaccinationsCOVID testing

In order to provide this promotion, we will be limiting our Job Seeker promo to one 30-minute call per day through May, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Care Team at 1.800.835.1934 or via email at [email protected].

The staff and agents here at Aira wish you and yours the best of health.

A vial reading Coronavirus Vaccine COVID-19 Injection Only.

Your Help Is Urgently Required!

Your help is required to ensure that CELA (The Centre for Equitable
Library Access) and NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library
Service) can continue to offer the choices and services you depend

Without warning or consultation, the Federal Government announced
in its 2020 Fall Economic Statement, that it would withdraw the
current 4 million dollars which supports accessible reading materials
and programs, ending all support by 2024-2025. This 4 million dollars
in funding is split between CELA (3 million annually) and NNELS (1
million annually) to provide material to those across Canada with print

This decision to cut funding will have a devastating impact on CELA’s
and NNELS’s ability to produce new books for their collection and
distribute materials including audio CDs and physical Braille to their
users. The initial decrease in funding in 2021-2022, will result in an
immediate reduction in the services and further compound the effects
of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a disproportionate impact
on those with disabilities across Canada.

CELA and NNELS, are actively engaging with the Federal Minister of
Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the
Honourable Carla Qualtrough, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and key opposition
Members of Parliament in an effort to have funding restored.
The Canadian Council of the Blind, is asking you to add your voice in
support of CELA and NNELS and write to both Ministers and to your
local Member of Parliament to ask that the funding for accessible
reading materials be fully restored.

More resources, including sample letters, can be found on both
CELA’s and NNELS’s websites, links below.
Please use the following hashtags in any social media posts so that
we can all find them and track the campaign: #CdnPoli


Respecting the fact of how important accessible reading materials are
to you, unfortunately, we all have a limited amount of time to convince
the Federal Government that full funding needs to be restored.
Please help by raising your voice, writing letters, and sharing the
impact of these devastating cuts.

The CCB (Canadian Council of the Blind) is proud to lend its
unconditional and total support to this extremely worthwhile and
important cause on behalf of its membership and all blind, deafblind
and partially sighted Canadians.

Louise Gillis
National President
Canadian Council of the

Help Celebrate White Cane Week 2021: A Special Invitation

*All times Eastern Standard Time

Expo Forum Saturday February 13th  at 2:00 p.m.

Canadain Council of the Blind Expo Vision 2021 Virtual Forum Sat. Febraury 13 at 2pm.

Topic: Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program
Moderator: Dr. Keith Gordon (Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind); Panel: Ian White (President of the CCB Toronto Visionaries), Mike Potvin (Editor of White Cane Magazine), Samantha Moore (CCB Coordinator of Public Relations and Youth Programs), and Minette Samaroo (President of the Toronto Chapter of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians)

Watch the event on YouTube: 
CCB’s Toronto Visionaries Vision 2021 Expo Forum Discussion on Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program

ViewFBC’s View Point February 17 at 10:30 AM

Topic: Uncovering the Role of Vitamin D in AMD

Wednesday, February 17th at 10:30 a.m.

In this live session, we will be joined by FBC-funded researcher and ophthalmologist Dr. Jacob Rullo, who will speak about his research into the connection between vitamin D and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

For the first half hour of the webinar, we will be joined by Stephen Ricci from CNIB Smart life. Ricci will showcase some of the latest and greatest accessible devices and technological aids for people living with vision loss.

Watch the event on YouTube: 
View Point: Uncovering the Role of Vitamin D in AMD

Vision Summit 2021, Wednesday February 17th  at 2:00 p.m.

Canadian Council of the Blind Vision 2021 Virtual Summit.  The Impact of COVID-19. Wednesday February 17 at 2pm.

Topic: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Moderator: Dr. Keith Gordon (Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind); Panel: Louise Gillis (National President the Canadian Council of the Blind), Michelle McQuigge (Assistant News Editor at the Canadian Press), and Dr. Orla Galvin (Director of Research Policy at Retina International)

Watch the event on YouTube: 
CCB’s Vision 2021 Summit Discussion on The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

White Cane Week Vision Gala 2021 Thursday February 18th  at 2:00 p.m.

Canadian Council of the Blind Vision 2021 Virtual Gala Thursday February 18 at 2pm.

White Cane Week’s Annual Award Event-Enjoy CCB’s Annual Dinner Gala without the dinner. Highlighting annual awards and special speakers.

Host: Michael Baillargeon (Special Advisor to the Canadian Council of the Blind); Speakers and special guests: Louise Gillis (National President Canadian Council of the Blind), White Cane Person of the Year Award Recipient, President’s Award Recipient, David Errington (President and CEO at AMI), Peter Burke (VP of Marketing and Communications at AMI), musicians Lucas Haneman and Megan Laurence, Doug Earle (President and CEO at Fighting Blindness Canada), Dr. Keith Gordon (Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind), Ric Watson (Executive Chef and Director of Food Services at The Ottawa Mission), and more

Watch the event on YouTube:
CCB’s 2021 Gala

White Cane Week 2021 – BC Yukon Division Virtual Events

BC-Yukon Division

White Cane Week (WCW)

February 7 to 13, 2021

Please Join us

This year the CCB BC-Yukon Division is planning four virtual WCW events via a Zoom Webinar with special event host Fraser Hiltz

Webinar 1: Sunday February 7th at 1:00 PM PST

Topic: History of CCB & WCW

Presenter: Amy Amantea

Webinar 2: Tuesday February 9th at 10:00 AM PST

Topic: Evolution of Assistive Technology

Presenter: Albert Ruel

Webinar 3: Thursday February 11th at 7:00 PM PST

Topic: World Blind Union (WBU)

Presenter: Charles Mossop

Webinar 4: Saturday February 13th at 11:00 AM PST

Topic: Life Experience, A Success Story

Presenter: Betty Nobel

How to Connect with Us

Please click this link to join us:

(you will be asked to enter your email and name; and once connected, you will be automatically muted during the presentation)

Or join by using one-tap mobile:

Canada: +17789072071,,86809309057# or +12042727920,,86809309057#

Or join by telephone: (use the nearest area code)

Webinar ID: 868 0930 9057

(when phoning you will be required to punch in the webinar ID)

Canada: +1 778 907 2071 or +1 204 272 7920 or +1 438 809 7799 or +1 587 328 1099 or +1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 558 0588
US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833

For more information email [email protected] or call 604-795-3885 or 1-800-874-4666

IDA Survey on Experience of Persons with Disabilities Adapting to COVID-19 Global Pandemic

A blue background with words reading - Want to play a key role combatting exclusion and discrimination against persons with disabilities during the pandemic? Answer #IDA_COVID_Survey A Survey by Persons with Disabilities for Persons with Disabilities.

A Survey by Persons with Disabilities for Persons with Disabilities

IDA Survey on Experience of Persons with Disabilities Adapting to COVID-19 Global Pandemic is available in English, Spanish and International Sign. More languages on the way!

Since the COVID-19 pandemic official announcement in March 2020, many surveys have been circulating at global, regional and national levels attempting to collect data on the experience of persons with disabilities. During this challenging time, documenting violations of human rights of persons with disabilities during the pandemic and gathering evidence of any good practice has been a key priority for the International Disability Alliance, our members and partners.

To hold governments accountable toward disability movement and with the support of the United Nations Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN PRPD), we have launched IDA survey on Experience of Persons with Disabilities Adapting to COVID-19 Global Pandemic, and invite all persons with disabilities around the world to dedicate some time to answer it, and share it widely within their networks.

What is different about this survey?

While many of you may have participated in surveys about COVID-19 before, there are a few things making IDA survey different:

  • The survey is using plain language and is available in International Sign, so it is more accessible;
  • The survey is for persons with disabilities only. Family members, support persons and allies can, of course, help persons with disabilities to answer the survey and also circulate it to persons with disabilities in their networks, but the survey is not documenting their experience;
  • The questions of this survey have been developed by persons with disabilities and their representative organizations themselves including by contribution of under-represented groups including women with disabilities, indigenous persons with disabilities and persons with psychosocial disabilities.
  • The survey is documenting various economic, social and cultural consequences of the pandemic as well as experience of persons with disabilities who have contracted COVID-19.

What should you do to participate?

You can create an account, or answer the survey as a guest. Creating an account will give you the option to save your answers and come back to continue the survey later.

If you face any technical difficulties answering the survey, please send an email to [email protected]

If you are not able to answer the survey through the online platform and need the word document, please email [email protected]