Our outreach work
To achieve a greater degree of integration into society, those with vision loss need the confidence to advocate on behalf of themselves and, by extension, on behalf of all those who live with a visual disability. Confidence is what enables us to act as ambassadors for the vision-loss community to the broader sighted community. By reaching out and educating the general public about living with a disability, we can work together to identify and remove barriers, and make our society more inclusive.
In February each year, the CCB celebrates White Cane Week, a national public awareness campaign which broadens the understanding of vision loss and its impact on Canadians across the country. The CCB Toronto Visionaries participates in White Cane Week through a school outreach program, in which member-volunteers speak to students in selected schools right across the Greater Toronto Area, offering our future citizens a sense of what it's like to live with vision loss and how best to help someone with a visual impairment.
Our chapter also participates in a number of trade shows and conferences, engaging with the vision-loss community, various disability groups, and the general public. As well, some of our members volunteer to sit on advisory panels or participate in calls for public input into everything from public transit and way-finding to park design and the elections process.
A number of our member-volunteers speak to community groups. If you would like to have a representative from the CCB Toronto Visionaries come and speak to your community group, please contact us. We'd be happy to meet you! Or, if you're already a CCB Member and would like to become one of our Ambassadors, helping to educate the broader sighted community about vision loss, contact us.