There are many resources in Manitoba and Saskatchewan that can help you meet your goals and lead a full, active life – whether it’s a sports club, eye health organization, recreational facility or an agency that offers disability benefits to people who are blind or partially sighted. Browse the list below to learn more.
Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) – Manitoba Division:
CCB Manitoba works primarily to promote awareness of the abilities of Manitobans who are blind or have vision loss through various activities and programs. It is a member-driven organization with three active chapters: Winnipeg and District, Recreational Sports, and “Tech-Ease.” For more information, visit their website at www.ccbmb.ca
Canadian Deafblind and Rubella Association (CDBRA) – Manitoba Chapter:
The organization is committed to assisting all persons who are deafblind to achieve, with intervention, the best quality of life. Intervention Manitoba Inc. is an outreach program of CDBRA and provides people who are deafblind with the assistance they need to understand the world around them. For further information, contact 204-949-3730.
Career & Employment Youth Services (CEYS)
CEYS is an employment service agency based in Manitoba. Their Abilities Project, in place since April of 2007 under the Manitoba Opportunities Fund, strives to offer assistance to anyone who self-identifies as living with a disability by helping them find an entrance to an employment opportunity. For more information on the Abilities Project, visit www.ceys.mb.ca.
Manitoba Blind Sports Association:
Since 1976, the Manitoba Blind Sports Association has been the recognized not-for-profit sport governing body for Manitoba athletes who are blind or who have vision loss. Their mission is to encourage people who are blind or have vision loss to participate in sport at all levels of skill and ability, and to develop athletes of a national and international caliber. For more information, visit their website at www.blindsport.mb.ca.
Manitoba Association of Optometrists:
The Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) is responsible for the regulation of the practice of Optometry in Manitoba in accordance with The Optometry Act and Regulation. For more information, email MAO@optometrists.bm.ca or visit www.optometrists.mb.ca.
Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind (RCMDB):
Offers information, advocacy, public education. Refers individuals to appropriate community resources. RCMDB is associated with the Manitoba Deaf-Blind Association, Inc. For more information, visit their website at www.rcmdb.mb.ca, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Disabilities Issues Office:
In 2002, the Government of Manitoba established the Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) to support and report to the Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities. The DIO works independently across government and coordinates policy and programs for persons with disabilities. On their site, you will find up-to-date information on disability services, policies and issues in Manitoba, along with links to other disability issues offices federally and provincially. For more information, visit the website at www.gov.mb.ca/dio/
Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB):
The CCB is a national self-help consumer organization whose membership consists of persons who are blind, deafblind, or who have significant vision loss. They offer social, recreational, informational, and awareness-building programs. For more information on the CCB Moose Jaw White Cane Club and the CCB Regina Chapter, contact the Regina CNIB office at 306-525-2571.
Saskatoon White Cane Club:
This club offers social, recreational, informational, and awareness-building programs. For more information, contact the Saskatoon CNIB office at 306-374-4545.
Saskatchewan Blind Sports Association:
Founded in 1978, the Saskatchewan Blind Sports Association is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that facilitates provincial, national, and international sport opportunities for Saskatchewan residents who are blind or who have significant vision loss. For more information, visit their website at www.saskblindsports.ca
Canadian Deafblind and Rubella Association (Saskatchewan Chapter):
The organization is committed to assisting all persons who are deafblind to achieve, with intervention, the best quality of life. For further information on the Saskatchewan Chapter contact Lorraine Williams, Executive Director at email@example.com or by phone at 306-374-0022.
Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists (SAO):
SAO is the professional member organization and regulatory body for Doctors of Optometry in Saskatchewan. Their mission is to foster excellence in the delivery of vision and eye health services in Saskatchewan by providing information, programs and services that promote and enhance optometry, and by licensing and regulating the delivery of optometric care. For more information, visit their website at www.optometrists.sk.ca
Office of Disability Issues:
This office serves as a focal point for government initiatives on disabilities, and is a vehicle for collaboration and partnership with the disability community. The office has a direct working relationship with other government departments, the disability community and the public. It works with representatives of aboriginal communities to address the needs of aboriginal persons with disabilities. It also addresses life cycle and gender issues, which include consideration of the needs of children and youth, women and elderly persons with disabilities. For more information, visit their website at www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/office-disability.