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The Canadian National Society of The Deaf-Blind (Cnsdb)

Editor's Note: Editor's Note: Jane Sayer is President of the Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind (CNSDB).

Many people have the mistaken impression that all people who are Deaf-Blind are totally deaf and totally blind. Many of us have useable vision and/or hearing. The definition CNSDB uses for an Individual member is: A person who is Deaf-Blind is an individual with a substantial degree of loss of both sight and hearing, the combination of which results in significant difficulty in accessing information and in pursuing educational, vocational, avocational, recreational and social goals. Deaf-Blindness is a unique disability requiring specialized services, including adaptive communication methods.

The CNSDB was registered in 1985, as a national consumer-run advocacy association dedicated to helping deaf-blind people across Canada achieve a higher quality of life.

THE MISSIONS OF THE SOCIETY

To advocate for new and improved services for deaf-blind people.

To promote public awareness of deaf-blind issues.

To gather and distribute information that will assist deaf-blind persons to become full participants in society.

GOALS

To support initiatives that further the goals of the Society and to cooperate with other organizations with a similar mandate.

To promote awareness of deaf-blindness and to educate the public with respect to the contributions and needs of deaf-blind persons in Canada.

To provide information about assistive devices, service providers, funding sources, publications and educational opportunities.

To foster linkages and support our membership in developing strong consumer groups.

Individual Membership (adult) in the CNSDB is open to all persons who are Deaf-Blind in Canada. Membership must be renewed by June 30th of each year.

Youth Memberships for persons who are Deaf-Blind are open to persons who are 16 or 17 years old. They shall receive the same benefits as the Individual members.

Associates (adults/youth) and Corporate Membership is open to all persons who support the aims and objectives of the Society.

Please note:

Youth Members, either Individual or Associate, are not entitled to vote. A Youth Member who turns eighteen (18) after the beginning of the membership year (July 1), may voluntarily contact the CNSDB Board of Directors and request that their status be changed to Adult Member. This member may then vote.

Individual members living in Ontario will have access to Bingo Bucks Fund three months after being accepted to the membership. The Bingo Bucks Fund provides funding of up to $1,000 towards the purchase of approved communication or alerting devices for CNSDB members living in Ontario.

All Paid members of the Society will receive the Society's quarterly Newsletter.

Please feel free to write CNSDB if you require more information or if you would like to become a member.

CNSDB 405-422 Willowdale Avenue North York, Ontario M2N 5B1 E-mail-cnsdb@canada.com