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CNIB: Alberta/NWT Division - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

CNIB: Alberta/NWT Division
12010 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 0P3
(780) 488-4871 (Local)
(780) 482-0017 (Fax)
(866) 459-2648 (Toll-Free)
(780) 482-4089 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Geographic area served: Alberta & Northwest Territories


John McDonald, Executive Director, (780) 488-4871,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • CNIB staff provide professional low-vision assesments in order to understand each person's condition and develop an effective course of action.
  • Assistive Products
    • Through CNIB, Canadians have access to rehabilitation counseling and training, innovative consumer products, peer support and one of the world's largest libraries for people with print disabilities.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides deaf-blind outreach services.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Computer training courses in Windows, Internet and E-mail, Microsoft Office and adaptive technology are available to all age groups.
  • Counseling
    • Counseling services available.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides vocational rehabilitation, sight enhancement, training in the use of assistive technologies.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers employment counseling, career development, referral to on-the-job training.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services to CNIB programs and external community resources.
  • Library Services
    • Provides library services for Canadians living with vision loss.
  • Reading Services
    • Provides volunteers for home-based reading services of local or other newspapers.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides training in how to safe travel safely and independently in familiar and unfamiliar environments. Some of the skills taught by a professional instructor include sighted guide techniques, white cane skills, street crossings, using public transit, sensory development, using cardinal directions, and using optical aids for mobility.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Has a summer reading program.
    • Offers a variety of courses including Grade 1 and Grade 2 Literary Braille. Offers a summer reading program for children, and in conjunction with the Canadian Braille Literacy Foundation, organizes an annual Braille Creative Writing and Accuracy Competition for children.
  • Education Services
    • College and university preparatory training provided to students with vision loss. Affiliated Toronto CNIB Library transcribes educational textbooks into braille and audio.
  • Support for Parents
    • Informational materials (handbooks, braille kits) provided to parents of children with vision loss. Families and parents can use CNIB services to help toddlers and babies who are deafblind or living with vision loss develop the concepts usually learned by sight, and acquire mobility and social skills. Once a child enters the school system, CNIB will continue to support family members and advocate for the support the child needs at school. We offer ongoing support to parents raising children living with vision loss.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Available to professionals working with individuals living with vision loss.
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