“Blindness should never be a reason to settle for less”- Robert Gaunt the Executive Director at CNIB Ontario West and North.
The doors are open at a new CNIB location in London. The opening is bringing the launch of new programs and technology for people with visual impairments. One of the new programs that the CNIB Foundation is launching is Phone It Forward.
Smart phones are a vital tool in helping people with vision loss live independent lives. The Phone It Forward is designed so that more people with vision loss will have smart phones to help them in their day to day lives. They ask that people donate their old smart phones to help CNIB.
“We want to raise awareness about what it is to be living with vision loss, and we want to be able to empower people to live not lives that people expect of them but lives that they want to live” -Robert Gaunt Executive Director at CNIB Ontario West and North
Their community helps people of all ages. They have many fun activities like cooking classes, yoga, and they even had a kids bowling night. The ability to connect with others has helped many people including Marie Claire Bilyk who has been a client for over 30 years and now works for CNIB.
“We want to fully participate in society just like any sighted person would. We’re trying to touch all different aspects of life from employment, to social, emotional, and come together with each other and with the rest of the community to achieve that.” – Marie Claire Bilyk Program Lead, Peer Support and Home Based Programs at CNIB Ontario West Division.
Everyone is welcome to visit the CNIB Foundation’s new location at 171 Queens Ave. Suite 101. You can visit their website to learn more about their programs, and visit phoneitforward.ca to donate your old phone.