█ In response to rising blindness rates caused by the Halifax explosion and in First World War vets, CNIB is founded in 1918.
█ CNIB founders open Pearson Hall at 186 Beverly St. in Toronto, which serves as a residence, rehab centre and braille teaching facility, and becomes home to CNIB's library department and headquarters.
█ CNIB establishes divisions across the country, starts to deliver censuses and tracking client needs, eye conditions and demographics.
█ CNIB reaches out to blind Canadians in isolated communities across a 1,600-kilometre area in central and northern Canada.
█ CNIB appoints a blindness prevention committee to eliminate avoidable blindness.
█ Ontario passes the Blind Workmen's Compensation Act and Parliament also passes an act providing pensions for the blind.
█ In 1930, CNIB's advocacy efforts get success with the Blind Voters Act (allowing a blind person to vote with the help of a sighted person).
█ CNIB offers rehab training to blinded Second World War soldiers.
█ By the 1950s, CNIB is the largest organization of its kind in the world.
█ CNIB helps sponsor a course in 1956 for blind computer programmers.
█ The first Eye Banks are founded through the close co-operation of CNIB and key doctors in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Toronto.
1960s to 1980s
█ Workplace blindness prevention program, the Wise Owl Club of Canada, is launched.
█ First mobile eye care units are created.
█ CNIB Library introduces talking books on cassettes.
█ In 1961, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre opens, a lakefront facility offering recreation and skills development in a safe, inclusive environment.
█ Specialized software programs allow blind or sighted volunteers to translate French or music in braille.
█ Wayne Gretzky's autobiography marks the first time a major work is published at the same time in print and braille.
█ CNIB celebrates its 75th birthday with Technibus, a travelling technology exhibit.
█ CNIB Library for the Blind becomes exempt from copyright law in 1997, which gives it the right to produce material in braille, e-text or audio for the personal use of blind people.
█ Bank of Canada introduces bank notes marked with raised dots.
█ Euclid Herie, president emeritus of CNIB, establishes the World Braille Foundation.
█ CNIB and leaders in eye health sign the Canadian Patient Charter for Vision Care.
█ Canada becomes the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows visually impaired people access to published works.
█ CNIB launches its CNIB Guide Dog Program, designed to raise and train guide dogs for Canadians, in April 2017.
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