TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - CNIB would like to recognize the important impact hit show Covert Affairs and cast member Christopher Gorham have had in increasing awareness of and battling stereotypes around blindness and vision loss, by presenting them with CNIB's Seeing Beyond Vision Loss Special Achievement Award. Gorham plays special operations agent Auggie Anderson, who is blind. Gorham has taken responsibility to ensure that he is accurately and positively portraying the character, receiving training with CNIB specialists and reaching out to the blind community to ensure authenticity in his performance.
The event will include a brief award presentation, followed by interview opportunities with Gorham, lawyer and disability rights advocate David Lepofsky (himself blind), and CNIB President and CEO John M. Rafferty.
|When:||Saturday September 7, 2013|
|1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario|
|2nd floor landing above cafeteria|
|Who:||Christopher Gorham: Actor playing CIA agent Auggie Anderson on the hit show Covert Affairs, which airs in Canada on Showcase.|
|David Lepofsky, CM, O.Ont: Lawyer, accessibility advocate and distinguished member of Canada's blind community who worked with Gorham in understanding blindness issues and skills.|
|Jane Beaumont: Chair, National Board of Directors, CNIB|
|John M. Rafferty: President and CEO, CNIB|
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing 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. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.
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Corporate Communications Specialist