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Maritime Blind Camps, serving people with visual disabilities
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Thanks for checking out BLINDCAMPS.CA! Maritime Blind Camps is an organization, serving New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The goal is to provide varied programs enabling blind

& low-sighted persons to experience new possibilities & enhance personal, mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and social growth. Blindcamps.ca organizes various types of activities, camps, clinics and retreats permeated with health & wellness principles. The Website & Facebook Page are your 'instant connection' with past, present and upcoming services. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Maritime Blind Camps, serving people with visual disabilities.   BLINDCAMPS.CA is the brand name of Maritime Blind Camps.  This website is the property of Maritime Blind Camps. All rights reserved.

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Services & Programs

The Following Information about ‘Vision’, ‘Loss of Sight’ & ‘Facts about Blindness’ is sited from the CNIB Website

http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/media/vision-loss/pages/default.aspx

What does “vision loss” mean?

“Vision loss” is an inclusive term that covers all people who are blind or partially sighted, including people who have no sight from birth, people who are legally blind (meaning they have a best-corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or worse and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye), as well as people with vision loss below these levels. In addition to low visual acuity and narrowed visual field, vision loss can also be characterized by other forms of impairment such as loss of depth perception or contrast sensitivity.

How many people have vision loss in Canada?

Approximately half a million Canadians are estimated to be living with significant vision loss that impacts their quality of life, and every year more than 50,000 Canadians will lose their sight. This figure includes people who have no sight from birth, people who are legally blind, as well as people with less significant vision loss.

Residents with vision loss or partial sight by province:

Ontario: 186,954
Quebec: 109,560
British Columbia: 64,546
Alberta: 52,899
Manitoba: 17,244
Saskatchewan: 14,256
Nova Scotia: 12,946
New Brunswick: 10,308
Newfoundland and Labrador: 6,865
Prince Edward Island: 1,982
Northwest Territories: 605
Yukon Territory: 465
Nunavut: 453

Source: Calculations made by Dr. Keith Gordon, CNIB Vice President Research based on Ralf Buhrmann et al., Foundation for a Canadian Vision Health Strategy. Prepared for the National Coalition for Vision Health Jan 2007 and Statistics Canada, Population of Census Metropolitan Areas and Population by Province 2013.

What causes vision loss?

There are more than 5.5 million Canadians with a major eye disease that could cause vision loss.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in Canada. There are about 1.4 million Canadians living with AMD, many of whom have vision loss or are at risk.

Other major causes of vision loss include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts and refractive error.

Future projections

The prevalence of vision loss in Canada is expected to increase nearly 30 per cent in the next decade. Canada is facing a growing yet preventable crisis in vision health. A demographic shift caused by our aging population has led to a mounting epidemic of vision loss in Canada, as well as a growing human and resource crisis in vision health care.

The population of Canadians 65 and older is expected to double in the next 25 years. In addition, there is a growing incidence of key underlying causes of vision loss, such as obesity and diabetes. Without action, the number of people with sight problems in Canada is likely to increase dramatically. Meanwhile, a severe capacity shortage in ophthalmology is predicted, with older doctors retiring and an insufficient number of new graduates to meet the increasing demand of the aging population.

Prevention

Few people realize that 75 per cent of vision loss can be treated or prevented. But without the vision health information they need, hundreds of thousands of Canadians unknowingly live with eye disease and may needlessly lose their vision.

By visiting an eye care professional regularly, we increase our chances of getting a diagnosis if we have an eye disease. The earlier the diagnosis, the greater the opportunity to minimize vision loss.

You can also help to avoid vision loss by making simple lifestyle changes like wearing UV-protective sunglasses all year round, taking vitamins, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, controlling diabetes and maintaining a healthy diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and dark, leafy greens.

Realities of vision loss


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Maritime Blind Camps, provides free & subsidized programs and services to people with visual disabilities.


Picture of a person holding a glass eye.

Close your eyes for just 10 seconds. What do you see? Darkness.  That’s blindness.

Most people fear blindness. When the sight diminishes, the future seems hopeless. For many individuals, depression and discouragement set-in and become a part of reality.

According to WHO, it is estimated that 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision. Many of these visual impairments occur in developing countries and could be prevented and cured.

In Canada, it is estimated that by 2025, there will be nearly

600 000 Canadians who will be blind or vision-impaired.  This is a conservative number since registration is not mandatory.  Leading causes of Blindness are Glaucoma,  Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Retinitis Pigmentosa.  In Canada, Blindness affects children,  adults, and seniors.



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Our Purpose:

To offer programs and services that will have a positive impact on the physical, mental, emotional, social, financial and spiritual well being of blind & vision-impaired clients. Maritime Bind Camps. recognizes the value of each person and is committed to improving and enriching their quality of life without regard to their ethnic, cultural, political, religious or social associations.


Our Mission:

To help enrich the lives of youth & adults with visual disabilities , providing opportunities for personal growth enabling them to become active citizens within their communities.


Our Commitment:

‘Blindcamps.ca’ is committed to reaching out to hundreds of blind and vision-impaired persons in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island: encouraging, inspiring, motivating, challenging and empowering each one to live a productive and active life while exploring new skills and talents through various activities, retreats, events, camps and services.  


Our Partners:

‘Blindcamps.ca’ is thankful to all individuals and businesses who make it possible for these services & programs to be offered ‘free of charge’ or ‘subsidized’ to blind and vision-impaired individuals in the Maritimes.  With such generous sponsorships, we are able to be ‘the extended voice, hand, feet & actions of you-our sponsors’.