Supporting Those Impacted By Vision Loss
Why I am Supporting the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Did you know that every minute, three Canadians turn to CNIB for support, advice and information? Or that CNIB has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted? CNIB works to support thousands of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted each and every day, with personalized services including orientation and mobility, library services, emotional support, computer training and more.
Vision loss can occur at birth, gradually over time with illness or acutely through trauma. I personally live with partial blindness as a result of a traumatic injury that occurred when I was twenty years old. Subsequently, I underwent many surgeries that took an additional toll on my physical and mental well-being. Through it all, I buried the pain and reconciled it with denial, instability and addiction. Over a decade later, I am realizing the implications of suffering in silence and would like to use my story to inform others of the dangers of living with unprocessed trauma.
This is why it is important to bring awareness to organizations like the CNIB. Not only does the CNIB offer resources and tools to individuals living with partial or complete blindness, it is also actively breaking down barriers and stigma against disability through community-lead advocacy.
This year, I am taking part in the CNIB's Fundraise for Us initiative so that it can continue to grow and help even more Canadians. The funds raised can be used for a variety of services such as, guide dogs, mentorship and career/employment support programs. If you would like more information on support cases, please visit: https://cnib.ca/en/support-us/give/cases-support?region=on
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