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2014-02-28 08:25:29

TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Victoria Nolan, a former Paralympic rower on Team Canada, launched her first book, an autobiography titled Beyond Vision, on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Nolan was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that causes slow, progressive loss of vision at the age of 18. Though her diagnosis devastated her, it also provided a lot of insight: it explained why she always felt a little uncomfortable in crowds, why she didn't like speaking in...

2014-01-22 08:25:32

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The CNIB Library has introduced an easier and faster way to get DAISY audiobooks called Direct to Player. As with all CNIB Library services, Direct to Player is free for all users. This new way of downloading will allow users to get DAISY audiobooks directly on their players without having to use a computer or wait for a CD in the mail. The Direct to Player service removes the need for users to order books through the CNIB Library, which means less...

2013-12-10 08:29:57

TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - CNIB has announced that veteran TV broadcaster and CNIB supporter Craig Oliver will take on the role of honourary board chair on the charity's national board of directors. Oliver's face and name are recognizable to all Canadians as he serves as CTV's chief political correspondent and was the previous host of CTV's long-running "Question Period". What many people don't know is that Oliver is legally blind as a result of glaucoma and has received...

2013-11-21 08:27:15

Many leading causes of adult-onset vision loss can be prevented TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - According to the World Health Organization, 75 per cent of vision loss can be prevented or treated.(i) Today CNIB is launching a national campaign called "Worth a thousand words: Preserve your vision" to raise awareness of the impact of adult-onset vision loss and that many conditions are preventable if diagnosed and treated at an early stage. The campaign features a unique photo...

2013-10-28 20:24:22

VICTORIA, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Lloyd Mclean and Bob MacDonald of Pictou, N.S. are not your ordinary cycling enthusiasts. They just finished cycling over 8,260 km as part of an 85-day cross-Canada bicycle tour on behalf of blind cyclist, Craig Aucoin. The national ride raised awareness and funds for three major Canadian charities that helped transform Aucoin's life: CNIB, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and YMCAs in Canada. The Craig Gives Back team concluded their journey at...

2013-10-22 12:28:28

MaRS client's device unique among low vision aids TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - MaRS client and Investment Accelerator Fund portfolio company eSight Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of eSight eyewear, the first intelligent eyewear that enables people with legal blindness or low vision to see. "eSight has enabled my daughter, Emma Rose, to actually see, something we never thought would be possible," said Jennifer-Anne Gibson. "Emma Rose has been legally...

2013-10-10 08:29:47

TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - About 285 million people worldwide are living with vision loss. However, 80 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable - but we need the support of committed decision makers. Today is World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness to focus international attention on vision loss. Vision 2020 would like to mark the day by calling on governments to develop comprehensive strategies to reduce avoidable vision loss across the globe. "The...

2013-09-10 16:24:33

TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - CNIB presented Frances Cutler with the Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishment in service to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, at the organization's Annual General Meeting held on September 7, 2013 at the CNIB Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Cutler has been an advisor to CNIB for thirty years at both the national and local level. The first woman with vision loss to serve as Chair...

2013-08-01 12:29:16

To learn more, donate or fundraise, visit our website at craiggivesback.ca ST. JOHN'S, Aug. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - On Sunday, Aug. 4, blind cyclist Craig Aucoin is embarking on a ride of a lifetime; a journey he has been training for since August 2012. Departing in St. John's, N.L., Aucoin and his good friend and cycling partner, Lloyd McLean, will begin their 85-day, 8,200 km bicycle tour across the country. Their national ride will raise awareness and funds for three major...

2013-07-17 16:27:12

TORONTO, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Wearing sunglasses on a sunny day is second nature for most Canadians, but few realize that their eyes are susceptible to UV damage even in cloudy weather. "The sun's UV rays are still present on cloudy and overcast days thereby increasing your risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and other serious eye conditions," says Dr. Keith Gordon, CNIB's vice president of research. "The best line of defense is prevention - and...