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Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario

Site: Ottawa Office

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Alternate Name Canadian National Institute for the Blind ; OCR ; VLR ; VLRC
Former Name CNIB (2019)
Legal Name Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Bank St. Professional Building
1355 Bank St, Suite 101
Ottawa, ON K1H 8K7
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Intersection Bank St and Riverside Dr
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) Nationwide, community and clinic based vision rehabilitation services * research, public education and vision health

Low Vision Services
* functional assessment of visual abilities
* information and training in the use of low vision devices
* education and instruction on how to maximize residual vision

Independent Living Skills
* Skills for daily living with an emphasis on maintaining independence, through self-care and communication skills
* Teach large print, braille

Children and Youth Services
* comprehensive program of direct services
* information resources
* parent/peer support
* Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program
* advocacy training for children with vision loss and their families, from birth to school age and beyond.

Orientation and Mobility Skills
* aid in using mobility tools, riding public transit, navigating new environments, finding and crossing intersections

Assistive Technology Services
* assessment and recommendations
* aid in obtaining, using smart phones, tablets, computers, specialty apps, voiceover, large print, Zoom text, JAWS
* finding and applying for financial supports through Ontario Assistive Device Program

Library Services
* Refer and assist with CELA with thousands of titles in Braille, print-Braille, talking books, newspaper and magazines
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Frontenac County ; Hastings County ; Lanark County ; Leeds and Grenville United Counties ; Lennox and Addington County ; Ottawa (City of) ; Prescott and Russell United Counties ; Prince Edward County ; Renfrew County ; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties
Eligibility Residents of Eastern Ontario of all ages living with vision loss and Deaf-blind adults.
Application Referrals accepted from health care professionals for clients experiencing functional difficulties in their daily life related to vision loss * Referrals can be submitted online at * may self-refer but asked to have eye care professional provide recent information on vision history
Languages English ; French ; American Sign Language (ASL)
Fees Service - fees associated with assessments done by the Regional Assessment Centre for the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) * fees for service for worksite assessments, school based assessments & treatment or other requests for private businesses ; None - OHIP funded rehabilitation services, including assessments and treatments for all eligible clients
Service Categories Assistive Technology Information ~ Visual Impairments ; Braille Instruction ; Braille Materials/Collections ; Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities/Delays ~ Visual Impairments ; Evaluation for Assistive Technology ~ Visual Impairments ; Health/Disability Related Counselling ~ Visual Impairments ; Independent Living Skills Instruction ~ Visual Impairments ; Library Audiovisual Services ; Mobility Aids ~ Visual Impairments ; Peer to Peer Networking ~ Visual Impairments ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Visual Impairments ; Visual/Reading Aids
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-563-4021
Toll Free Phone 1-866-842-9071
TTY Phone 613-567-2937
Primary Contact Janice Hearty, Secretary; Phone: 613-563-4021 ext 5000
Alternate Contact Halie Boucher, Specialist, Service Coordinator; Phone: 613-563-4021 ext 5077; Email:
Primary Executive Teresa Guolla, Director, Health Integration & Operations, East Region; Phone: 613-563-4021 ext 5003; Email:
Other Details
Funding Provincial - Local Health Integration Network * Ministry of Children and Youth Service
Elections The Board of Directors is appointed.
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