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CNIB ‘Phone It Forward’ Campaign Gives Smartphones To Blind People Who Need Them

The CNIB (Canadian National Institute For The Blind) has come up with a unique way to help people who need smartphones, but can’t afford to own one.

Their new ‘Phone It Forward’ campaign asks Canadians to donate their old smartphones, receive a tax receipt, and in turn empower those who are blind in the process.

CNIB say “smartphones make a tremendous impact on the lives of people who are blind. Accessible smartphone apps make it possible to do all kinds of things that may have seemed challenging before”.

The scheme has been setup in partnership with Fixt Wireless Repair in Canada. They say donated smartphones are wiped to the highest data security standards, loaded with accessible apps, and provided to people with sight loss who need them, along with technical training, discounted maintenance, and data plan support.

Watch the video below from CNIB.

To donate your phone, or learn more about Phone it Forward, visit or call 1-833-554-5020.

Steven Scott View All

I am an absolute geek who loves technology. I also happen to be severely sight impaired and that has meant my journey with new technology has been challenging. What I've learnt is what I want to share with others and I do that on air in the UK on RNIB Connect Radio's weekly Tech Talk radio show and podcast, and on AMI-Audio's Double Tap Canada radio show and podcast. I'm also a very lucky husband and the owner of the world's coolest dog!

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