VIRN Christmas Dinner - December 3rd

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Celebrate the Season with Us.

Season's Greetings to all!

Date: Sunday, December 3rd
Time: 5:00 to 6:00 PM Cocktails
Seating: 6:00 PM
Select your entree from the Chef's event menu available as a download here.
Location: Buccacino's
155 Osborne Street - Winnipeg
www.buccacinos.com

$25.00 per person
Price includes:
Fresh Bread, Caesar Salad, Entree, Dessert, Tea / Coffee or Pop
Please provide advance notice of any food allergies.

Space is limited, RSVP by: Wednesday, November 29th
Call the reservation line at: 204-975-9341
Email: info@virn.ca

If you reserve a spot and do not attend, you are obliged to pay $25.00 if you have not provided VIRN with notice by Wednesday, November 29th.

Accessibility is the Law / Participation is Your Right

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Public Information Campaign

VIRN wants to inform you of a very important public information campaign.

Barrier-Free Manitoba and partner groups have launched the "Accessibility is the Law / Participation is Your Right" public information campaign. The campaign’s goal is to promote awareness of new accessibility requirements established under the landmark Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) for all public meetings

Background

Under the AMA, provincial government departments have been responsible to ensure the full accessibility of public meetings and events since November 1, 2016. Starting November 2017, most public sector organizations beyond government must do the same.

That means that organizations are required to ensure that:
• notices and promotions of public meetings and events are accessible to Manitobans with disabilities
• public meetings and events are held in spaces that are accessible
• Manitobans with disabilities are invited to request accommodations required for their full participation
• the physical and communication needs of persons disabled by barriers are met on request.

These organizations include:
• All government boards, commissions, associations, agencies, or similar bodies for which all board members are appointed Act of the Legislature or by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
• All colleges and universities
• All regional health authorities
• All school divisions and schools
• The cities of Brandon, Dauphin, Flin Flon, Morden, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler and Winnipeg.

In the past, while all Manitobans with disabilities have had the same legal right to participate as everyone else, many thousands of them, in practice, were denied their human rights to full citizenship because of barriers. The requirements established under the landmark Accessibility for Manitobans Act have now changed this. We think that this is wonderful news.

This campaign is intended to:
• Inform Manitobans with disabilities of the requirements removing barriers to their right to participate.
• Inform organizations what they are required to do to fulfill the requirements.

Celebrate and Exercise Your Rights

Please take every opportunity to celebrate and exercise your rights. Please become and have others you know become accessible public meeting champions who help ensure that organizations are meeting these new requirements.

If you see a notice in newspapers, online or elsewhere of public meetings and events being held by the organizations listed above, and it does not include an open and clear invitation for Manitobans with disabilities to request accommodations, call the group and express your concerns. If you want to attend and need an accommodation, request it in advance. If you see that a public meeting or event is scheduled to be held in space that you know is not fully accessible, call the group and express your concerns.

If you still have concerns after speaking with the group and/or if the group tells you that they won't provide the requested accommodation, we strongly encourage you to work with VIRN and contact the Province's Disability Issues Office:
Phone: 204-945-7613
Toll Free: 1-800-282-8069 (Extension 7613)
email: dio@gov.mb.ca

Change is hard, even a really important change like this. We expect that at least some of the organizations are going to need a little encouragement; together we can provide that encouragement. Please become and have others you know become accessible public meeting champions who help ensure that organizations are meeting these new requirements.

Finally, BFM would like to thank the partner groups that have helped organize this information campaign:
• Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc.
• Manitoba Deaf Association
• St. Amant
• Manitoba Deaf-Blind Association Inc.
• Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities,
• Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Manitoba Chapter organizations are meeting these new requirements.

VIRN Office Location

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Keep coming back to our website to view our Programs & Activities.

Local phone numbers: 204-975-9340 or 204-975-9341
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)
Fax: 1-888-471-1919

Address: 320 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg
Main Floor, South Tower
Email: info@virn.ca
Website: www.virn.ca
Twitter: @virnca
Faceebook: www.facebook.com/virn.ca

Right on the northwest corner of Sherbrook and Portage Avenue.

"Thank You! Lions Eye Bank for the opportunity to work with you."

Mailing Address:
Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc.
PO Box 2454, Station Main
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A7

Staying true to our mission and core building blocks:
• Public Education
• Training
• Peer Support
• Active Living

We continue to roll out new programs and activities and are still offering our existing ones.
You choose which one is right for you."

Who Is VIRN?

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Goal Is Inclusion

“Finding solutions for day-to-day challenges.”
Help us break down barriers and embrace inclusion for all!

The Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) is a registered charity that started in 1944. We became incorporated in Manitoba as the Canadian Council of the Blind Manitoba Division (CCBMB) in 1982. After doing research and consulting with the community of people who are vision impaired, their families, friends and supporters of the organisation we changed our name to better reflect the needs of the community and to eliminate confusion people had regarding organisations with similar sounding names.

Collectively our four core building blocks of Peer Support, Public Education, Active Living and Training promote active, healthy and independent living, and developing good life skills. Click Here to Read More

Keep VIRN In Mind For Online Shopping

Shop at Amazon.ca; support VIRN

Available throughout the year.

Are you going to be doing some online shopping at Amazon.ca? Why not support VIRN at the same time!

VIRN has joined the Amazon.ca associate program.

If you enter the Amazon.ca web site through the link below, you will get the same prices and great deals offered by Amazon.ca and as a bonus VIRN will receive a percentage of the money you spend.

You get the same great deals provided by Amazon.ca, no additional charges whatsoever.
VIRN gets financial support for our important programs and events for the VIRN community simply because you used our link. It couldn't be easier!

Remember to help VIRN by entering the Amazon.ca store by using this link:
Shop at Amazon.ca!

Thank you for using the Amazon.ca associate program and supporting VIRN.
We are very grateful, every little bit helps and keep on ordering online through our website. Pass this information along so others may order as well.

Happy shopping and thanks from VIRN.

VIRN Chooses CanadaHelps.org for Online Donations

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Safe, Secure, Convenient for Donors

VIRN has chosen CanadaHelps.org to process our online donations.

For you, the donor, CanadaHelps.org makes giving safe, secure, simple and convenient. You are in absolute control while making your donation.

You decide:

  • The amount you want to give
  • If it is a one-time donation or recurring
  • How much information VIRN receives; if you prefer, you can make your donation anonymously.
  • A tax receipt for your charitable donation is emailed directly to you.

CanadaHelps.org proudly facilitates over $40 million in charitable donations annually through their website for 13,000 registered Canadian charities.

VIRN has carefully chosen CanadaHelps.org as the secure way to maximize the effectiveness of the online donations we receive.

We ask you to consider using this secure and convenient way to make your donation to VIRN.

Your donation to VIRN will help support our numerous programs and activities that make a positive impact and experience to people who are vision impaired. Click here to donate now through CanadaHelps.org.

Thanking you in advance,
VIRN

"See If You Can" Program

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Presentations Increasing Awareness On Abilities

We welcome the opportunity to increase awareness in the community on the abilities of people who are vision impaired. Book your presentation today through our online form, email or call our office.

Since 1984, the "See If You Can" program has been has been very well received and to date we have presented to over 100,000 children and adults in Manitoba. Other areas in Canada have adopted the program resulting in great success.

We welcome the opportunity to increase awareness in the community on the abilities of people who are vision impaired. Book your presentation today through our online form, email or call our office.

Click Here For The Online Request Form
Email: info@virn.ca
VIRN Office: 204-975-9340
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)

VIRN Now Offers Braille Embossing Services

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Another Choice For Information In Accessible Formats

VIRN is now ready to provide Braille embossing services.

Braille is one of the formats used by many people who are vision impaired. We are here to provide this service to Government, Businesses, Organizations and to the general public. We offer an economical option to help get Braille into the hands of people who want to access information in the format of their choice. Braille is an excellent way to improve literacy.

For more information call: 204-975-9340
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)
Email: info@virn.ca

VIRN Believes In Working Together

Consumer Access Group (CAG)

VIRN has been part of the Consumer Access Group (CAG) since it began. This group’s purpose is to: bring together national, provincial, and local organizations in order to develop position statements on issues important to Canadians with all levels of vision impairment; provide the Canadian public, service providers, and governments a consistent view on issues identified by CAG; coordinate public education efforts, pool resources, and present a united stance to effect change.

VIRN Position Statement On Draft Service Dog Standards

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Too Onerous for Handlers

Although we understand the importance of establishing standards for the training of guide and service dogs, VIRN cannot support the draft Service Dog Standards as they currently exist. It would not be practical and it is too onerous for a handler to comply with the documentation requirements. VIRN stands in support of the standards already established by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. VIRN does not want to put any barriers in place that would prevent schools and any other training facilities that match service dogs with handlers outside of Canada to exclude people from our community.

it is important to recognize the fact that a guide dog is not the same as a service dog. Requirements and training is different for a guide dog to work with a person who is vision impaired.

With the support from The Winnipeg Foundation
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Proud to partner with The University of Winnipeg
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With the support from Lions Foundation & Lions Eye Bank
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