Shawn Marsolais
Shawn Marsolais
“When being blind doesn’t make you different, it stops being the thing people see first.”

Shawn Marsolais, Founder of Blind Beginnings

Blind 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.

Programs & Services
  • Workshops for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, and their parents
  • Training Programs
  • Organized Family Activities
  • Awareness Presentations
  • Counseling and 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

Yard Sale

Attention Blind Beginnings Supporters: Our Youth Leaders are hosting a Yard Sale Fundraiser this Sunday August 16 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm to raise funds for their Youth Leadership program. If you have items to donate to the sale, please contact the office before Thursday to arrange drop off. Please forward this announcement to… Read more Yard Sale


Playland Outing

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our annual Community Discovery outing to Playland! When: Thursday August 20, 2015 Who: Youth 10 years or older who are members of Blind Beginnings Your admission to Playland, an All Day Ride pass, and lunch will be provided by Blind Beginnings. Note: Children who would like to bring a… Read more Playland Outing


A Play Group for Preschoolers

Blind Beginnings and CNIB Present… A Play Group for Preschoolers   This program welcomes preschool age children who are blind or partially sighted, and their parents/caregivers to enjoy a morning of stories, songs, resources, snacks, and socializing! On Wednesday July 29, it’s all about summer fun. Tell us about the activities your family is doing… Read more A Play Group for Preschoolers