Provincial funding to support vision-care programs

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The provincial government is providing $200,000 in one-time funding to the CNIB to help the organization expand its programs and reduce wait times for services in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
Health Minister Jerome Kennedy presented a cheque to the CNIB at its head office in St. John's today.
"Our government recognizes the importance of fostering healthy lifestyles for every resident of this province, and vision health is a vital piece of an individual's overall well-being," Kennedy said. "Our support of the CNIB's programs will result in improved access to vision care service for residents in rural Newfoundland and Labrador."
The CNIB will use the provincial funding to develop a new community-based volunteer program that will provide initial, timely support to people in rural communities, particularly seniors, who are waiting for CNIB services.
This program will help reduce the wait lists for those who have been referred to CNIB for vision rehabilitation services. The new program will ensure that individuals newly diagnosed with permanent vision loss will receive some timely initial assistance, which could include an introduction to CNIB library services and a demonstration of some basic assistive devices such as talking watches.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's

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