The Community Outreach & Awareness Program has been an on-going vital resource that enables the CCB to assist British Columbians in obtaining relevant information pertaining to vision loss and blindness.   This program allows the CCB to advocate with government ministries, agencies and relevant organizations where need is identified such as accessibility concerns, education, employment, assistive devices, library services, transportation and health issues.


The Membership Enhancement & Social Integration Program is facilitated through the on-going delivery of mentoring individuals and community networking, recreational and social activities, advocacy, public awareness, knowledge and education. Providing mentorship and resource materials to the membership and communities of British Columbia through community outreach, education, attending community events, displays, and other venues is an effective method to create awareness .



February 4 – 10, 2018


 Since 1946, the first full week of February has traditionally been “White Cane Week” in Canada, due to the CCB’s initiative.

The objective of White Cane Week has always been educational.

From the first ever White Cane Week, with only a handful of individuals who were blind or vision impaired participating, White Cane Week has become a national network of special events, hands-on demonstrations, open houses, and tours taking place from coast to coast.

Over the years, the White Cane Week programmed has evolved to reflect the changing situations of people who are blind and vision impaired.

In early years, the Week was used to demonstrate the concerns for good rehabilitation and blindness prevention. However, in more recent times, events have begun to emphasize the equal capabilities and talents of people who are blind and visually impaired.


“Close your eyes, now pick up your smartphone or tablet…keep them closed while you begin your everyday tasks on those devices. Impossible you say? For thousands of those who are blind or partially sighted this is the challenge. A challenge that with training and peer mentoring, can be overcome”. The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) has implemented a program called Get Together With Technology (GTT) which helps blind and partially sighted Canadians to explore and integrate assistive devices in their home and work lives. The groups meet monthly to discuss new and updated devices, and participants teach  other how to include assistive technology in their daily lives. Get individual personalized training on how to use your computer/smart phone/talking book player and other low and high-tech devices through the GTT Program. It offers exciting opportunities for people to engage with accessible technology through:

1) Accessible consumer-driven training 2) Hands-on experience with new technology.

3) Individualized and group skill development

4) Peer leadership and mentoring

The GTT program was started in Ottawa in 2011 by Kim Kilpatrick and Ellen Goodman to give people a chance to share low and high-tech solutions, tips, and resources, and was soon brought under the CCB National umbrella as another consumer driven service and participation initiative.

In order to get information about upcoming GTT meetings and conference calls as well as meeting notes and resources, please subscribe to the GTT blog. To register please visit the web page below by clicking the button link at the bottom of the page. To access the GTT Program on Facebook please visit:

On Twitter you can follow GTT by looking for: @GTTProgram

 For more information please contact: Albert Ruel on the West Coast:  Cell: 250-240-2343 Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email:

CLICK HERE: Getting Together With Technology