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October 20, 2014
Playing with Dough at the Metro-Vancouver Junior Explorer's Club
We will jump into the creative arts by making our own play dough. We will use a very simple recipe that incorporates measurement and cooking skills. You can even decide to add texture with simple additives. Once we have our dough we will use various tools including our hands and cookie cutters, to sculpt, move and make all kinds of spooky creations.
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October 17, 2014
Family Community Discovery to Applebarn Farm in Abbotsford
Come to the farm to celebrate Fall! Go on a hayride, navigate the corn maze, ride the tire swings, bounce on a jumping pillow, pet barn animals at Farmville, see how apple cider is made, and much more!
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October 15, 2014
Reminder: Vancouver Island Junior Explorer's reconvenes on Saturday October 18 - Please RSVP
On Saturday October 18, Junior Explorers are invited to experience the magic of nature in the Autumn by joining us in a guided nature walk then return to the school for an apple snack treat and engage in a fall foliage craft. With songs and stories rounding out our time the fun is sure to be had!
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Welcome to Blind Beginnings!

"When being blind doesn't make you different, it stops being the thing people see first." Shawn Marsolais, Founder and Manager of Programs & Services at Blind Beginnings. Watch our video below to learn about Blind Beginnings:

Children and parents hiking up a forest trail at Summer Camp 2009Blind Beginnings is a non-profit organization striving to guarantee quality of life for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired by promoting equal access to the world's resources and opportunities. We seek to challenge the limits of what is deemed possible for blind and visually impaired children and to establish a strong foundation on which to build rich and fulfilling lives.

Our Mission is to provide children and youth with the necessary opportunities, experiences and family/community support to reach their full potential.

Blind Beginnings Brochure Download the Blind Beginnings brochure

»» Listen to the Blind Beginnings song "I See Differently"

Programs & Services
  • Workshops for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, and their parents
  • Training Programs
  • Organized Family Activities
  • Awareness Presentations
  • Counselling & Consultation
Blind Beginnings is Unique
  • Our focus is on children and youth, and issues affecting them
  • We are family directed; A minimum of 60% of the Board must be family members of children who are blind or visually impaired
  • We share a "no-limits" philosophy that challenges any attempts to limit what blind or visually impaired children are capable of doing or achieving
  • We embrace and value blindness and visual impairment as an expression of the range of human diversity

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