Resources

 

 

 

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North America

⇒ Ontario                                 

⇒ Canada                                  

⇒ United States of America

 

International

 

Sports Organizations

 

Literacy Resources

 

Vision Health Professionals

 

Guide Dog Programs

 

Deafblind Resources

 

Financial Aid Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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North America

 

Ontario

Alternate Education Resources Ontario

Accessible material is offered across Ontario to ensure equal opportunity to learn.

 

Assistance for Children with Severe Disability

If your child under the age of 18 and has a severe disability, you could qualify to receive this financial aid.

 

Canadian Deafblind Association Ontario

Here you can find answers to anything relating to deafblind individuals, as well as services and resources.

 

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind – Ottawa

Here you can look into if receiving a guide dog is right for you.

 

Centre Jules Leger

This is a provincial demonstration school offering education in French.

 

Champlain Health Line

The organizations listed here provide counselling for the blind and those with impaired vision. Services include individual and family counselling relating to vision loss, parent, peer and family support groups and referrals to other agencies. They may also provide information aids to support the independence of the individual.

 

Deafblind Services Ontario

This organization is dedicated in enriching life and enhancing quality of life. Check this website for deafblind services in Ontario.

 

Lions Foundation Of Canada Dog Guides – Oakville – Canine Vision Program

The canine vision program allows individuals with a vision impairment aged 12+ to find independence with a dog at their side.

 

Ontario Association of Optometrists

Find an optometrist near you, and learn more on eye/vision care and health.

 

Ontario Blind Sports Association (OBSA)

OBSA works to reach as many blind athletes as possible, encouraging those with a visual impairment to join in one of many adapted and unique sports offered.

 

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

This program offers services to youth in all stages of life in order to ensure their success. Search the website for information on all services.

 

Visual Aids – Government of Ontario

Receive funding for visual aids to help in personal, school or work life. See if you qualify for the Assistive Devices Program today!

 

Ross Macdonald School for the Blind – Brantford

WRMS is a school for vision impaired, blind, and deafblind youth from the ages of 5-21.

 

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Canada

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

This organization has promoted, supported, and enabled Canadians with disabilities to live healthy and happy lives.

 

Accessible Media Incorporation

AMI is a non for profit media company that aims to entertain, empower, and informs blind/low vision Canadians.  

 

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)

The AEBC works to increase rights and responsibilities to ensure individuals with a vision impairment receive all possible benefits and opportunities.

 

Braille Literacy Canada

Canadian individuals who are blind or who have a vision impairment can access the material and information provided by the Braille Literacy Canada organization. This organization encourages the use of braille as a primary medium of reading, writing, research, etc.

 

Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)

Find out more on optometrists near you and other information.

 

Canadian Abilities Foundation 

This organization strives for an inclusive and accessible life for individuals with disabilities.

 

Canadian Braille Press

This company can assist in braille transcription, in embossing documents and braille business cards.

 

Canadian Blind Sports Association

CBSA advocates for blind and vision impaired athletes in a number of sports.

 

Canadian Council for the Blind

Blind and vision impaired individuals have a voice in Canada. Based on the interest within the geographical location, social and recreational activities are offered.

 

Canadian Deafblind Association National

Here you can find more information, services, support and much more to help support any Deafblind individual.

 

Canadian Federation of the Blind

An organization where the blind fight, support, advocate, and stand for themselves as well as fellow blind friends a family.

 

Canadian Institute Of Health and Research (CIHR)

Visit this website to find the latest research on health.

 

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

The CNIB ensure you have the confidence, skills and opportunities to be successful in all aspects of life.

 

The Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind

This organization works to support and advocate for individuals who are deafblind.  

 

Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Find out more information on vision health, and ophthalmologists near you.

 

CELA Library services

Through these services, you have access to magazines, books and much more in an accessible format.

 

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

This organization advocates for the rights and responsibilities of individuals with a vision impairment. The CCD advocates that blind, low vision, and deafblind individuals have equal rights and responsibilities just as much as anyone else.

 

CNIB Community Based Services

Access this website, then select which province you want to discover which services are offered in your community.

 

CNIB Deafblind Community Services

Here you can find programs and information on how to ensure the independence and the community engagement of your youth.

 

CNIB Online Store

Browse online catalog to purchase products to help in day-to-day life.

 

Canadian Disability Tax Credit

Check out this website to see if you qualify. This benefit can provide you with a non refundable credit at the end of the year due to extra taxes paid that comes with having disability. Further programs could be accessible once you qualify for the disability tax credit.

 

Easter Seals Canada

Easter Seals Canada’s mission is to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to equipment, programs, services and support.

 

The Foundation Fighting Blindness

This organization works to restore hope in sight. They are leading the fight against blindness by educating, researching and by public awareness.  

 

Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille

This is a French school for the blind. Check out the website for more information.

 

Mira Foundation

Mira has a guide dog program for individuals with a vision impairment. Individuals age 11 and up can learn independence with a dog trained especially for you. This school teaches the dogs French commands, but instructors teach each class in the language you prefer. You do not need to know any French beforehand as they will ensure you learn the commands with your dog.

 

National Education Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Since 1986, NEADS has had a mandate to support full access to education and employment for post secondary students as well as graduates with disabilities across Canada.

 

Neil Squire Foundation

This is the only national non profit organization to empower individuals with a disability through computer based assistive technology.

 

Orbis International

Training is offered to doctors, nurses, teachers and other professional in hopes of providing the best eye care.  

 

Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada

This new program is operated by CNIB, and it offers personalized rehabilitation services  designed to enhance independence, safety and mobility after the loss of vision.

 

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United States of America

American Association of the Deaf-Blind

This association is for and by deafblind Americans, and their supporters. Members include deafblind individual, their friends and family as well as professionals and other interested persons.

 

American Council of the Blind

The goal of this organisation is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

 

American Foundation for the Blind

This association advocates, supports and collects research and data to ensure equal rights to low vision and blind individuals.

 

American Printing House for the Blind

Here you can access a variety of materials in an accessible format.

 

Guide Dogs for the Blind – Camp GDB

While GDB exclusively offers guide dogs to adults, ‘Camp GDB’ was created for youth ages 14-17 to allow them the opportunity to experience work with a guide dog as well as to learn about guide dogs in .

 

Guide Dogs for the Blind – Canine Buddy Program

The canine buddy program was created so youth in select states could experience having a dog as a pet while still in their youth. Visit the website to see more details, and to see if you qualify.

 

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Hadley’s objective is to offer personalized education to assist in multiple areas of life. Courses are offered free of charge to individuals aged 14+ with a vision impairment, as well as to their relatives and professionals. Hadley is known as most successful distance education institute worldwide.

 

Keystone Blind Association

An organization that offers support and services as well as a place to empower, educate and employ persons with a vision impairment.

 

National Braille Press

They are a non profit organization dedicated in supporting individuals in the education system, in their work life, as well as in their communities. They promote the use of braille and provide access to braille literacy.

 

National Federation of the Blind

The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

 

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

This is the largest non profit organization to offer services to families of individuals who are deafblind. They serve to empower and advocate for equal opportunity in all aspects of life.

 

National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Audio and braille materials are offered across all subjects, from music to textbooks, from magazines to light reading. Even more more can be found through this resource.

 

Perkins School for the Blind

This is a school who welcomes youth who are low vision, blind, and/or deafblind in Boston.

 

Seeing Eye

The seeing eye is a guide dog school located in New Jersey. Individuals with a vision impairment from the ages of 16 and up can qualify for a seeing eye dog.

 

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

This is a statewide resource to parents and professionals. Youth age 6-21 are welcome to attend if they are blind, deafblind, and/or otherwise visually impaired.

 

United States Association of Blind Athletes

Individuals who have a vision impairment are encouraged to join the world of sport. Anyone is welcomed from all ages and from all skill levels.

 

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International

 

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

This agency strives on adding value to life of those with a visual impairment, as well as promoting knowledge/awareness surrounding the visually impaired community around the world.  

 

International Blind Sports Association – IBSA

IBSA is an organization dedicated in providing equal opportunity in sport for men and women with visual impairments around the world. Multiple sports for multiple levels of vision are offered.

 

World Blind Union

The World Blind Union is the voice for blind and low vision individuals internationally.

 

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Sports Organizations

 

Canadian Blind Sports Association – CBSA

CBSA advocates for blind and vision impaired athletes in a number of sports.  

 

International Blind Sports Association – IBSA

IBSA is an organization dedicated in providing equal opportunity in sport for men and women with visual impairments around the world. Multiple sports for multiple levels of vision are offered.

 

Ontario Blind Sports Association (OBSA)

OBSA works to reach as many blind athletes as possible, encouraging those with a visual impairment to join in one of many adapted and unique sports offered.

 

United States Association of Blind Athletes

Individuals who have a vision impairment are encouraged to join the world of sport. Anyone is welcomed from all ages and from all skill levels.

 

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Literacy Resources

 

Alternate Education Resources Ontario

Accessible material is offered across Ontario to ensure equal opportunity to learn province wide.

 

American Printing House for the Blind

Here you can access a variety of materials in an accessible format.

 

Braille Literacy Canada

Canadian individuals who are blind or who have a vision impairment can access the materials and information provided by the Braille Literacy Canada organization. This organization encourages the use of braille as a primary medium for reading, writing, research, etc.

 

Canadian Braille Press

This company can assist in braille transcription, in embossing documents and manufacturing braille business cards.

 

CELA Library services

Through these services, you have access to magazines, books and much more in an accessible format.

 

National Braille Press

They are a non profit organization dedicated in supporting individuals in the education system, in their work life as well as in their communities. They promote the use of braille and provide access to braille literacy materials.

 

National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Audio and braille versions are offered across the board. From music to textbooks. From magazines to fun reading. Plus so much more more can be found through this resource.

 

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Vision Health Professionals

 

Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)

Find out more on optometrists near you as well as extra information.

 

Canadian Institute Of Health and Research (CIHR)

Visit this website to find the latest research on health.

 

Canadian Ophthalmological Society

Find out more information on vision health, and ophthalmologists near you.

 

Ontario Association of Optometrist

Find an optometrist near you, and learn more on eye health/vision care.

 

Orbis International

Training is offered to doctors, nurses, teachers and other professional in hopes of providing the best eye care internationally.  

 

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Guide Dog Programs

 

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind – Ottawa

Here you can look into if receiving a guide dog is right for you.

 

Lions Foundation Of Canada Dog Guides – Oakville – Canine Vision Program

The canine vision program allows individuals with a vision impairment aged 12+ to find independence with a dog at their side.

 

Guide Dogs for the Blind – Camp GDB

While GDB exclusively offers guide dogs to adults, ‘Camp GDB’ was created for youth ages 14-17 to allow them the opportunity to experience work with a guide dog as well as to learn about guide dogs in .

 

Guide Dogs for the Blind – Canine Buddy Program

The canine buddy program was created so youth in select states could experience having a dog as a pet while still in their youth. Visit the website to see more details, and to see if you qualify.

 

Mira Foundation

Mira has a guide dog program for individuals with a vision impairment. Individuals age 11 and up can learn independence with a dog trained especially for you. This school teaches the dogs French commands, but instructors teach each class in the language you prefer. You do not need to know any French beforehand as they will ensure you learn the commands with your dog.

 

Seeing Eye

The seeing eye is a guide dog school located in New Jersey. Individuals with a vision impairment from the ages of 16 and up can qualify for a seeing eye dog.

 

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Deafblind Resources

 

Assistance for Children with Severe Disability

If your child under the age of 18 and has a severe disability, you could qualify to receive this financial aid.

 

Canadian Deafblind Association National

Here you can find more information, services, support and much more.

 

The Canadian National Society of the Deafblind

This organization works to support and advocate for individuals who are deafblind.  

 

Canadian Deafblind Association Ontario

Here you can find answers to anything relating to deafblind individuals, as well as services and resources.

 

CNIB Deafblind Community Services

Here you can find programs and information on how to ensure the independence and the community engagement of your youth.

 

Deafblind Services Ontario

This organization is dedicated in enriching life and enhancing quality of life. Check this website for deafblind services in Ontario.

 

Canadian Disability Tax Credit

Check out this website to see if you qualify. This benefit can provide you with a non refundable credit at the end of the year due to extra taxes paid that comes with having disability. Further programs could be accessible once you qualify for the disability tax credit.

 

Easter Seals Canada

Easter Seals Canada’s mission is to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to equipment, programs, services and support.

 

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

This is the largest non profit organization to offer services to families of individuals who are deafblind. They serve to empower and advocate for equal opportunity in all aspects of life.

 

Perkins School for the Blind

This is a school who welcomes youth who are low vision, blind, and/or deafblind in Boston.

 

Ross Macdonald School for the Blind – Brantford

WRMS is a school for vision impaired, blind, and deafblind youth from the ages of 5-21.

 

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Financial Aid Resources

 

Assistance for Children with Severe Disability

If your child under the age of 18 and has a severe disability, you could qualify to receive this financial aid.

 

Canadian Disability Tax Credit

Check out this website to see if you qualify. This benefit can provide you with a non refundable credit at the end of the year due to extra taxes paid that comes with having disability. Further programs could be accessible once you qualify for the disability tax credit.

 

Visual Aids – Government of Ontario

Receive funding for visual aids to help in personal, school or work life. See if you qualify for the Assistive Devices Program today!

 

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