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Access For Sight-Impaired Consumers

(ASIC) is an independent, consumer-driven advocacy coalition that addresses equitable access affecting British Columbian residents who are blind, deafblind or sight-impaired. Many of our affiliate organizations are associated with widely-recognized provincial or national bodies serving the nearly three-quarter million BC residents who are affected by one of the four most common eye diseases which could potentially lead to vision loss. ASIC’s primary advocacy action plan focuses upon the 64,500 British Columbians who are currently blind, deafblind or sight-impaired. Our mission is to collaborate with affiliate organizations and community partners to increase awareness and solidify understanding of sight-impairment issues. Our aim is to build inclusive communities for people with sight-impairment by promoting equitable access and supporting independent living.

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Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians

Our Mission: To increase awareness of rights and responsibilities, so blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted individuals can have equal access to the benefits and opportunities of society. Our Commitment: AEBC is committed to changing public perceptions about who we are, which have historically lead to low expectations of our capabilities and have resulted in unacceptable high levels of unemployment.  Who We Are: Our members and chapters across Canada are engaged in the delivery of public awareness and education initiatives as well as consultation with government and businesses on topics such as education, employment, transportation, accessible banking, communication and technologies. These efforts help ensure the needs of people who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted are included when new programs, policies and technologies are being developed.   What We Do: AEBC has long been a leader in levelling the playing field for Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. Since 1992, AEBC has participated in working groups and committees at the national, provincial and municipal levels and has advocated for equality in the way organizations and businesses deliver products, programs and services across Canada. As volunteers, we donate our time, money and effort to ensure that the diverse needs of a skilled community are both recognized and utilized.

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Disability Alliance BC

For over 35 years, Disability Alliance BC (formerly BC Coalition of People with Disabilities) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia.

  • Our mission is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

  • For the latest news and announcements about DABC and the disability community, please visit our blogDABC

    All About Vision

    This web site provides many useful stories and resource materials about AMD (Macular Degeneration).

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    Accessible Media Inc.

    AMI believes access to media is a right, not a privilege. Media comes in many forms and media accessibility goes beyond simply having access. It’s imperative that the content can be consumed by people of all abilities. Inclusion is achieved when a universal user experience is provided to the widest possible audience. AMI and Media Accessibility Section Content 3 At Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), our mandate is focused on the promotion of media accessibility.

    Work together with our partners via TV, print and online advertising to create awareness of AMI and to ADVOCATE for the need of media accessibility amongst the general population.

    COLLABORATE with blind/low vision community organizations to build awareness of AMI, our services and the availability of accessible content.

     Aggregate, produce, invest in and CREATE content making it accessible via description, closed captioning, audio versioning, web and mobile technologies.

     Establish communication strategies to ENABLE friends, family and caregivers of concerned Canadians to develop a social movement with respect to accessibility

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AMD Support Canada

This website was launched in January 2000 to provide consumers with an independent source of trustworthy information on eye health and vision correction options. Many eye care products and services are available to improve your vision and eye health. However, each is effective only when used properly and in the right circumstances. Please make decisions about your eyes and vision in consultation with an eye care professional (optometrist, ophthalmologist, optician, etc.) who can provide guidance based on their experience and knowledge of your individual needs.

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Barrier-Free BC

Is a Non-Partisan Campaign advocating for the Enactment of a Strong and Effective British Columbians with Disabilities Act, providing a Barrier-Free province for All Persons with Disabilities.   The campaign is driven strictly by volunteer supporters from across British Columbia. Through their efforts, individual supporters, disability organizations, business enterprises and other sectors are coming together to ensure a collective, unified voice is heard and acknowledged in Victoria. We are ready and eager to work with the BC Government, with all MLAs and all parties in the BC Legislature, on the development of a strong and effective British Columbians with Disabilities Act.

 Barrier-Free BC’s roots began on November 25 2015 when a small group of people with various disabilities ratified 13 principles upon which a British Columbians with Disabilities Act should be based. As a grass roots organization, they developed a “Just Say Yes” Action Kit from which supporters could learn more about how a disability Act would benefit British Columbians with disabilities, why one was needed and how supporters could assist in various ways to promote the campaign. An even smaller Steering Committee maintains this web site, manages the email account and responds to inquiries, produces a monthly newsletter and maintains a database of supporting organizations and individuals.

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Barrier Free Canada

 Advocates for the Canadian Parliament to enact a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA) to achieve a barrier-free Canada for all persons with disabilities. BC Vision Teachers Association.

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BC Vision Teachers Association

The B. C. V.T.A. has been dedicated to teaching, advocating and supporting students with visual impairments throughout British Columbia for the past 30 years. The executive and members of BCVTA work actively in a variety of different areas:

  • to represent students with visual impairments to the Ministry of Education, advocating on their behalf

  • to provide representation to committees such as PRCVI,  Braille Priorities, and POB (Provincial Organizations in the Field of Blindness)to support and contribute resources and  funds to conferences relating to the education of students with visual impairments to provide communication and information through the circulation of BCVTA executive minutes and local chapter minutes several times each year.

    CLICK HERE:  BCVTA

    Blind Beginnings

     Is a non-profit organization striving to guarantee quality of life for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted by promoting equal access to the world’s resources and opportunities. We seek to challenge the limits of what is deemed possible for blind and partially sighted children and to establish a strong foundation on which to build rich and fulfilling lives. Our Mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, and their families, providing diverse programs, experiences, counselling and peer support, and opportunities for them to create fulfilling lives. We envision a world where seeing things differently inspires limitless possibilities.

    CLICK HERE: Blind Beginnings

     Braille Literacy Canada

     Was originally founded in 1990 as the Canadian Braille Authority / l’Autorité canadienne du braille. Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) promotes braille as the primary medium of literacy for those who are blind or visually impaired. All Canadians who require braille in order to access information effectively have the right to braille literacy. To improve vital means of access to information for blind and visually impaired persons by:

  1. Encouraging and participating in research related to all aspects of braille (including but not limited to reading, writing, teaching and producing both English and French braille);

  2. Encouraging the use and development of braille technology;

  3. Encouraging the teaching and transcription of braille music in order to provide greater access to music that is available in print;

  4. Establishing, adopting and monitoring standards for the production and teaching of both English and French braille; and

  5. Encouraging the use of braille in the home, school and general community.

    CLICK HERE: Braille Literacy Canada

    Canadian Foundation for Fighting Blindness

Our Vision: To restore hope and sight. Our Mission: To lead the fight against blindness by advancing retinal disease research, education and public awareness. Why Fight Blindness? Over 1 million Canadians are living with blinding retinal eye diseases right now. Some were born blind. Others have experienced vision loss as teenagers or during adulthood. Many have been forced to sacrifice their independence; leaving life-long careers or forfeiting their driver’s license. More still have been losing sight of their loved ones, as blind spots overtake the clarity of their children’s faces.

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Canadian National Institute for the Blind

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.  To do that, our dedicated specialists work with people of all ages in their own homes, communities or local CNIB offices – providing the personalized rehabilitation support they need to see beyond vision loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.  In addition to our community-based services, we also work hand-in-hand with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to advocate for a barrier-free society, and we strive to eliminate avoidable sight loss with world-class research and by promoting the importance of vision health through public education

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Children’s Low vision Project of BC

CLVP-BC is designed to provide comprehensive low vision assessment to school age children throughout British Columbia.   This project brings together professionals trained in Ophthalmology, Optometry, Orientation and Mobility, Assistive Technology and Education to evaluate each child, prescribe and dispense low vision devices, make recommendations to support the child, family, teachers, schools and other professionals working with the child. Our Story CLVP-BC began in November 2005 with its first clinic being in Kelowna. The Project was originally funded by a grant from the Ministry of Children and Families Development and fully supported by School District #23 Student Support Services. The Project is modeled after the CVRP model (Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project) in West Virginia. The CLVP team was created to supplement the needs of low vision students in British Columbia to provide a functional vision assessment, a clinical vision assessment, an orientation and mobility assessment, an assistive technology assessment and an optical aids assessment. The CLVP lending library provides optical aids for near and distance free of charge to students attending a CLVP clinic. The CLVP team’s primary focus is to improve the literacy skills and quality of life for these students. The CLVP-BC model has been replicated in Alberta since 2009. This is called the Children’s Travelling Low Vision Clinic of Southern Alberta and is funded by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Other provinces are considering replicating the CLVP-BC model in the future.

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IM-ABLE Foundation

The mission of the IM ABLE Foundation is to remove obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active by providing grants, resources, fitness opportunities and motivation. We change attitudes about the potential of disabled individuals by redefining what is possible.

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Technology @ Work

The Technology@Work Program is designed to:

  • support employment for people with disabilities in British Columbia who are currently or just about to start working or volunteering

  • provide eligible Assistive Technology, Products and Services to individuals who have work and volunteer related barriers

  • offer services to individuals and employers

    CLICK HERE: Technology @ Work

    VocalEye Descriptive Arts

     Is a non-profit society and the first live descriptive arts service for the blind in Canada. Our mission is to provide greater access to theatre, arts and cultural events for people of all ages who are blind and partially sighted. We provide theatre companies and other arts organizations with the support necessary to make their productions and events more accessible to these audience members through live description, education, outreach and other services.

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     World Blind Union

    WBU is the internationally recognized organization, representing the 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries.  We are the voice of the blind, speaking to governments and international bodies on issues concerning blindness and visual impairments in conjunction with our members.  WBU brings together all the major national and international organizations of blind persons and those organizations providing services to the visually impaired to work on the issues affecting the quality of life for blind people.  Globally, we are divided into 6 regions, with each region having its own President and volunteer executive team to assist the needs of the local members.  A listing of our global members and regional offices can be accessed in the ‘Contact Us’ section of this website.

    CLICK HERE: World Blind Union

     World Access For the Blind

     WAFTB is an international non-profit, non-governmental and educational organization based in California, US. The organization was started to strengthen the physical, mental and personal development of people with all forms of blindness, and to increase public awareness about the strengths and capabilities of blind people. It was founded by Daniel Kish of Long Beach, California, in 2000.[1] The primary work of the non-profit is to encourage and teach blind people the technique of echolocation for their movement, so as to minimize their inhibition with respect to people with normal sight. Their innovative training is called FlashSonar, which involves using sound for navigation.[2] Their strategic campaigns are based on the philosophical stand: No Limits. The organization participated in the medical study of human echolocation in 2011.

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     Vision Impaired & Blind Empowerment (VIBE)

    THE VIBE MISSION To encourage those dealing with vision loss to focus on their abilities, not their disabilities. To empower oneself and others through vision advocacy and through the power of sport.

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