About Brant United Way
CNIB (The Canadian National Institute for the Blind)
Healthy people, strong communities.
Change starts in our community when people have the courage to take advantage of the programs and services that are offered in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River, many of which are supported by Brant United Way. Together, we continue to support healthy people and build strong communities.
Imagine that you are born with limited vision. As you grow up you must continue to learn new ways to live independently. This is Jessie's life story. From the beginning, Brant United Way not only helped him maintain his independence and increase his confidence but also helped educate and support his parents on how to raise a child who is blind.
From a young age, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) has been a large part of Jessie's life. From teaching him how to maximize his education to being helpful around the house, the CNIB has helped Jessie be the man he is today.
CINB was there for Jessie in many capacities. Everything that he learned through the support of the CNIB allowed him to feel included and independent. Whether it was teaching Jessie how to cook for himself or to give him a deck of Braille playing cards to socialize with his peers, Jessie could live independently.
As an adult, one of the happiest days of Jessie's life was learning how to take the bus from his house to his future job. Before getting his job, where he continues to be employed today, Jessie learned how to take public transportation to get him there and get him home. This was a crucial step for Jessie and ultimately allowed him to make a livelihood for himself and his family.
Through programming at the CNIB, Jessie was able to live and continues to lead a healthy and independent lifestyle.
Brant United Way is proud to have made a difference in the lives' of families. We continue to invest in people throughout our community to strengthen their individual capacity and that of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River.