A career planning and employment resource for people who are blind or partially sighted

Self- Advocacy Resources

  • Centre for Independent Living (CILT)

    Promotes the attainment and maintenance of optimum Independent Living of persons with disabilities in Toronto. Provides attendant services (AS), independent living skills training, peer support such as a diner’s club, and information about the Direct Funding program information, where persons with disabilities can become the employers of their own attendants. ​

    Keywords: Toronto, independent living, support,

  • Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB)

    Through twelve rehabilitation centres, the Institut Nazareth offers residents of Montréal, Laval, and the Montérégie region (southwest Quebec) services including vision evaluations, daily life skills training, counseling, assistance with adaptive technology, and career support. Applicants must have their vision loss confirmed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The organization also hosts over 6,500 offline documents on vision loss and rehabilitation, along with an online database; several videos; and an online store.

    Keywords: Québec, online store, career counselling, workplace accommodations, disability specific, skills training, training

  • Assistive Devices Program

    Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

    Offers support and funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities and provides access to personalized assistive devices, with the intention of increasing independence.

    Keywords: Ontario, accessibility, assistive technology, workplace accommodations

  • MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre

    A Quebec-based service, working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion, the organization provides specialized and ultra-specialized adaptation, rehabilitation, and social integration services to people with a significant and persistent disability.  The Centre’s clients range and include children and adolescents who are blind or partially sighted. Services offered include visual skills training, assessments, psychosocial support and occupational therapy. Services are offered in French and in English and only to those living in Québec.

    Keywords: Quebec, training, rehabilitation

  • Bookshare

    Benetech

    An online library of digital books for people with print disabilities, members download books, textbooks and newspapers in a compressed, encrypted file, then read the material using adaptive technology.

    Keywords: international, education, training, directory

  • AFB YouTube channel

    American Foundation for the Blind

    Fifty-one videos on a range of topics including golfing, workplace accommodation, orientation & mobility, assistive technology and Helen Keller.

    Keywords: international, interview preparation/ follow-up, career advancement workplace accommodation, online learning, training, video

  • Video Clips on Blindness Tips

    Washington State School for the Blind

    A variety of videos and accompanying material offering tips on how to learn a range of life management skills.

    Keywords: international, videos, training, online learning, education, disability specific skills training

  • Balance for Blind Adults

    Offers a range of services including income support, employment accommodations, language programs, adaptive technology support, recreation and health facilities. Services are only available to those living in Toronto, Ontario.

    Keywords: Toronto, Ontario, sports and recreation, training, online learning, workplace accommodation

  • FamilyConnect

    American Foundation for the Blind

    A resource that offers tips for parents of children who are blind or partially sighted, including information on technology, education, and a toy guide. There are also message boards, blogs and videos.

    Keywords: international, video, online learning, training, parenting, toys, assistive, technology, education, blog, pre-school, elementary school

  • Vision Aware

    American Foundation for the Blind and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight

    An online resource providing free, practical, hands-on information to help promote independence and enhance quality of life for individuals who are blind or partially sighted, as well as their families, friends and service providers. Offers tips related to accessibility, living independently, employment and more.

    Keywords: international, training, online learning, career advancement, career preparation, workplace accommodations, interview preparation, interview follow-up

  • CNIB

    CNIB provides community-based support, education, advocacy for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. CNIB offers a range of services, including personalized rehabilitation support—in one’s home, community or at a local CNIB office—as well as emotional and wellness support. As part of CNIB’s Employment Services program, employment counselors can help with career planning, job search, job retraining and workplace accommodations. Visit your province or territory’s section of the site to see what specific employment services are available in your community.

    In partnership with AFB, CNIB offers Career Connect Canada, a free resource that connects job seekers with mentors who also have vision loss.

    CNIB physical and online store provides assistive products that help with all aspects of daily life. The CNIB library offers books, magazines and newspapers in various accessible formats.

    A comprehensive mix of information, education, tools and resources, the website provides a dedicated section on Independent Living, offering tips and advice on how to keep enjoying everyday activities and stay safe doing so. The site helps people stay connected and informed through such resources as a blog, podcast and e-newsletter. It also educates readers on various eye conditions and offers an “ask the expert” section.

    Keywords: Canada, independent living, radio, podcast, online learning, library, workplace accommodations, employment services

  • NAPVI – useful links

    Links by NAPVI— a national membership-based organization providing parents of children who are blind or partially sighted with information, resources, leadership, support and training. Links include schools in the U.S., parenting sites, health information and private and government organizations.

    Keywords: United States friends family relatives caregivers health parenting resources support training online education pre-School elementary School high School

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