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Assistive Devices and Guide Dogs

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Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP)

The Ontario Ministry of Health has implemented this program to assist in the purchase of many types of medical equipment for Ontario residents with a valid Ontario Health Card.

How ADP Funding is obtained

Link to Ontario MoH ADP site

Link to Ontario MoH ADP visual aids site

Get Together With Technology (GTT)

An Initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

“Close your eyes, now pick up your smartphone or tablet…keep them closed while you begin your everyday tasks on those devices. Impossible you say? For thousands of us who are blind or partially sighted this is the challenge. A challenge that with training and peer mentoring, can be overcome”.

The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) has implemented an initiative called Get Together With Technology (GTT) which helps blind and partially sighted people explore and integrate assistive devices in their home and work lives. The groups meet monthly to discuss new and updated devices, and participants teach each other how to include both low and high tech assistive technology in their daily lives.

Get individual personalized training on how to use your computer/smart phone/talking book player and other low and high-tech devices through your local GTT groups. They offer exciting opportunities for people to engage with accessible technology through:

  1. Accessible consumer-driven training
  2. Hands-on experience with new technology.
  3. Individualized and group skill development
  4. Peer leadership and mentoring

Get Together with Technology Program Site

Get Together with Technology CCB link

Show and Tell - 22 February 2012

Hazel with Daisy Reader
Hazel with Daisy Reader
John Caldwell sharing his milk pitcher
John Caldwell sharing his milk pitcher. It has a cone in the bottom that punctures the milk bag. When you pull out the bag the milk is in the pitcher without spilling.
John is explaining milk jug to Liz Manherz
John is explaining milk jug to Liz Manherz
Gloria and John are sharing with Curtis Tyrrell a safe can opener
Gloria and John are sharing with Curtis Tyrrell a safe can opener

Elizabeth with Guide Dog
Elizabeth Van Dam, now a Youth Member is harnessed to the guide dog to demonstrate how an autistic child would use a guide dog

How to get a Guide Dog

Instructions for Applicants at

Complete's initial basic application form.Guide Dogs WebsiteOnce the initial form is returned to us, it will be reviewed and we will send you a full detailed application package.

Should you need to contact Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind for additional information during the application process, you may do so by phoning us at (613) 692-7777. Please consider all of the information we have provided. We hope it helps you in making a decision whether a guide dog is right for you. If it is, we look forward to receiving your application and, hopefully, welcoming you to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Instructions for Applicants at CNIB

CNIB's Guide Dog Program is starting its 100th year with the launch of a new program to raise and train guide dogs – exclusively for people with sight loss. The CNIB Guide Dog Program has been designed to provide the range of choices, services and opportunities that Canadians with sight loss have told us they want

Potential Applicants

Puppies are still joining the CNIB Guide Dog Program and just starting their future guide dog journey. It will be about 18-24 months before these puppies have completed their training and ready to graduate to fully trained guide dogs.

As such, we are not currently matching guide dogs with guide dog users. If you would like to stay up-to-date on the CNIB Guide Dog Program and be notified when applications are open, please register to receive email updates.

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CNIB Guide Dogs

Follow the link Above to register and get the latest information sent to your email.

Advocacy group for the blind launches guide dog program as demand grows CNIB hopes to provide 100 dogs a year to people living with vision loss

News December 4, 2018 - 09:22 PM by Anam Latif Waterloo Region Record
Dinika Blackstock with Guide Dog
Danika Blackstock and her new guide dog, Ulysses, provided to her by the CNIB Foundation, pose on a Cambridge street. Ulysses was one of the first graduates of the CNIB’s new in-house guide dog training program. - Mathew McCarthy,Waterloo Region Record
Dinika Blackstock with Guide Dog
Danika Blackstock and her new guide dog, Ulysses, provided to her by the Canadian Institute for the Blind. - SUBMITTED PHOTO

CAMBRIDGE — Ulysses goes to every one of Danika Blackstock's university lectures, but he sleeps through all of them.

"He will always be ready to go when I am done, though," Blackstock, a legally blind University of Waterloo student said of her new guide dog. Ulysses, a Lab-retriever mix, is one of six graduates of a new training program run by the CNIB. The non-profit started training service dogs for people with vision loss 18 months ago. "The demand for Canadian guide dogs is so great. The other organizations just can't keep up," said Victoria Nolan, head of stakeholder relations and community engagement at the foundation. "A lot of people thought we already did provide guide dogs, so it's about time we do." The foundation offers programs and advocacy for people living with vision loss. It hopes to offset long wait lists for guide dogs from national training organizations with its own program. The backlog for people requiring a guide dog is so large that many people who need them go south of the border to acquire a service dog, Nolan said.

There are almost half a million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, according to the CNIB. Part of the reason the wait list for a guide dog is so high is because it is quite difficult to train the dogs and the success rate is quite low at only 50 per cent, Nolan said. The other reason is that many of the national organizations that train service dogs provide animals for people with many different needs such as autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and a range of disabilities. "I think they are worn pretty thin," Nolan added. Blackstock, a social work student, was paired with Ulysses a month ago. When she first heard about the foundation's new dog training program, she immediately put her name forward. "He's an amazing dog," Blackstock said. "They matched our personalities really well."

Nolan said the foundation has 50 dogs in the program at various stages of training. Ulysses was part of the institute's first group of graduates. The CNIB hopes to be able to provide 100 dogs a year to people living with vision loss across the country. "It's not going to solve the problem, but it will help with the backlog," she said. The CNIB advocates for people living with vision loss and offers a variety of programs to help people impacted by blindness. To learn more about the organization's new guide dog program, visit the website at

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