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Glimpses CNIB LAUNCHES EMPLOYABILITY CAMPAIGN The CNIB has launched an EmployAbility campaign, calling on employers to look past misconceptions about hiring people who are blind or partially sighted. Vision loss can happen to anyone, at any age – and when it does, it can have a serious, negative impact on employment potential. At half a million and rapidly growing, Canadians who are blind or partially sighted comprise a significant portion of the nation's population. Of these, over 100,000 are working age adults. The employment rate among Canadians with vision loss is strikingly low: 38 per cent versus 73 per cent for people without a disability. And approximately half of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted live on a low income of $20,000 a year or less. According to a new Ipsos survey, 70 per cent of Canadians say, if faced with two fully qualified candidates, they would hire a sighted job candidate over a blind one. This inequity is rooted in widely held misconceptions and stigmas about the perceived abilities of people who are blind. Barriers to employment are rooted in lack of experience working with an individual with vision loss, as well as lack of understanding about how someone with vision loss performs their job. Today, working with a colleague who is blind or partially sighted is really no different than working with anyone else. CNIB's EmployAbility campaign features a series of public service announcements challenging misconceptions about what it's like to work with someone with vision loss. The PSAs, made possible by Government of Canada funding, feature real people who are blind playing the roles, not actors. TRIBRID LENSES NOW AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA PPG, Thai Optical Group and Global Optics Inc. have introduced TRIBRID lenses in North America. The companies announced on Sept. 13, 2016, the highperformance high-index lenses, available in semi-finished single vision clear lenses, are compatible with digital free-form processing and antireflective coatings. “TRIBRID material is a unique, unprecedented approach to high-index lenses and is ideal for eye care professionals who want to offer a fully optimized visual experience to patients with more demanding vision-correction needs,” said Philip Wojcik, PPG general manager, optical monomers and coatings. “We are excited to partner with Thai Optical Group and Global Optics to bring this new high-index lens technology to North America.” APPLICATIONS FOR THE TRANSITIONS OPTICAL 2016 STUDENTS OF VISION SCHOLARSHIP BEING ACCEPTED UNTIL DEC. 2 The Transitions Optical Inc. 2016 Students of Vision Scholarship Program aims to support the next generation of eyecare professionals through a partnership with the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC). Opticianry, optometry and paraoptometric students from across Canada are all eligible to apply for the chance to win the top prizes of $2,500, $1,500 and $500. To enter, applicants must develop a project in the form of an essay, presentation or video that demonstrates how, as future eyecare professionals, they will educate patients and research the best optical lens solutions to make sure they are protected against harmful blue light and UV. All submissions should be sent to StudentsofVision@ by December 2, 2016. The winners will beannounced on December 16, 2016. 34 Optical Prism | November 2016