TORONTO, June 9, 2011 /CNW/ - CNIB is welcoming the photo identification
card announced today by the Ontario Government.
"CNIB applauds the Ministry of Transportation's decision to issue this
much needed photo identification card for Ontarians who do not drive,
including people who are blind or partially sighted," says Paul Ting,
Executive Director, CNIB. "This identification card will provide equal
opportunity for Ontarians to access vital services."
Until today, the Ontario driver's license was the only Ontario
Government-issued ID that was recognized and accepted by businesses,
service providers and other governments under most circumstances.
Any citizen who is blind or partially sighted stands to benefit from
today's announcement, as the card will help eliminate common barriers
including denials of business services and serious impediments with
voting and travel.
The number of consumers who require photo identification is expected to
grow. In 2006, Statistics Canada confirmed the number of Ontarians
identified as having a seeing disability is 371,000, an increase of 58
per cent since the 2001 census.
CNIB provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to
ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the
confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. For
more information, visit www.cnib.ca.
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