Site: Kingston Office

Service: CNIB

Former Name Canadian National Institute for the Blind (The)
Legal Name CNIB
Location & Accessibility
Site Location Midtown Kingston; beside the Medical Arts Pharmacy
Located In Community Kingston
Address & Map
826 Princess St
Kingston, ON K7L 1G3
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Intersection Princess St and Concession St
Bus Route Notes Kingston Transit Trip Planner
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Parking lot behind building
Description and Services
Description (Service) Source of support for people with vision loss to have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

In Ontario, CNIB consists of three organizations:

Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario Primary provider of vision loss rehabilitation in Canada funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. * Provides training that enables people who are blind or partially sighted to develop or restore key daily living skills, helping enhance independence, safety and mobility. * Certified specialists work with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other healthcare professionals, providing essential care on a referral basis in homes and communities across Ontario. See for details.

CNIB Foundation Dependent on charitable funding, provides programs and services that address the social and emotional needs of people with sight loss. * Builds confidence and advocacy skills to ensure our program participants receive the accommodations they need to succeed. * Programs focus on children and youth, as well as adults of working age and seniors – no referral necessary. * Works with the community to advocate for an inclusive society where everyone is welcomed, valued and supported to succeed. See for details.

Deafblind Services Deafblind Intervenor Services and Literacy Programs, funded primarily by the province on Ontario. * One of a number of organizations that provide programming to empower people who are Deafblind to live as independently as possible in their environment, including in the broader community. See for details.

Hours Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-3 pm * open at alternate times with individual staff members by appointment only
Areas Served Frontenac County ; Kingston ; Leeds and Grenville United Counties ; Lennox and Addington County
Eligibility People of any age experiencing vision loss
Application Self, family and community referrals * Clients need to obtain recent eye report from ophthalmologist or optometrist * Assistance can be provided in obtaining one
Languages English ; French
Fees None - for services to clients
Service Categories Assistive Technology Training ~ Visual Impairments ; Orientation and Mobility Training ~ Visual Impairments ; Subject Specific Public Awareness/Education ~ Visual Impairments ; Visual/Reading Aids ; Voluntary Health Organizations
Waiting List Yes, 1-4 weeks
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-542-4975
Toll Free Phone 1-866-842-9071
TTY Phone 613-542-4975
Fax 613-542-8639
Social Media Facebook Twitter YouTube
Primary Contact Erica Kapa, Intermediate Secretary, Registrar, Ontario East CNIB; Phone: 613-542-4975 ext 5081 * 1-866-842-9071 ext 5081; Email:
Alternate Contact France Pakenham, Service Coordinator, Ontario East CNIB; Phone: 613-936-2300 ext 5077 * 1-866-842-9071 ext 5077; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Holland, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Ontario East CNIB; Phone: 613-542-4975 ext 5094 * 1-866-842-9071 ext 5094; Email:
Primary Executive Donna Norman, Regional Manager, Services & Operations; Phone: 613-542-4975 ext 5083 * 1-866-842-9071 ext 5083; Email:
Other Details
Established 1918
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ; Fundraising ; United Way
Print Material Pamphlets * Annual Report * Newsletter
Resources Website
Accreditation No

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