“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 partially sighted 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 partially sighted children and to establish a strong foundation on which to build rich and fulfilling lives.
Our Mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, and their families, providing diverse programs, experiences, counselling and peer support, and opportunities for them to create fulfilling lives.
We envision a world where seeing things differently inspires limitless possibilities.
Programs & Services
- Junior Explorers Program
- Youth Leadership Program
- Parent-to-Parent Support Program
- Family Community Discovery Program
- Workshops for the Community
- Counseling & 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 blind or a family member of children who are blind or partially sighted
- We share a “no-limits” philosophy that challenges any attempts to limit what blind or partially sighted children are capable of doing or achieving
- We embrace and value blindness and visual impairment as an expression of the range of human diversity
NEWS & EVENTS0 comments
Blind Beginnings 2016 Summer Camp Programs It’s time to start planning for summer and Blind Beginnings has two summer camp programs for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families! Camp Hornby – July 21 to 25 on Hornby Island Family Adventure Camp – August 25 to 28 on the… Read more 2016 Summer Camp Announcement0 comments
Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our new Summer Creating Confidence program July 5, 6, and 7, 2016 For children who are blind or partially sighted from 9 to fourteen years of age. Fitting in can be hard. For children who are blind or partially sighted, it has added social challenges. Whether we… Read more Intensive Creating Confidence Workshop0 comments
It’s the end of another school year and The Metro-Vancouver Junior Explorer’s are going on a picnic! Come join the fun as together we prepare a picnic lunch in the Junior Explorer’s kitchen. Once our food is prepared and packed for safe travel, and we’ve cleaned up the kitchen, we’ll head to a nearby park… Read more Jr. Explorer’s are going on a Picnic – June 40 comments
A Call for Nominees to the Board of Directors: Are you passionate about children who are blind or partially sighted reaching their full potential? Are you forward thinking, reliable, organized, and willing to work hard? Do you have some skills in fund development, marketing, human resources, communications and social media, government relations, or event… Read more Invitation to Join the Board of Blind Beginnings