“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 visually impaired 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 families are invited to our annual Family Christmas party on Saturday December 12th! At this year’s party you can look forward to some of our annual traditions such as a scrumptious family pot luck and lots of music and entertainment. Youth Leaders will be there to sell their Christmas CD and homemade braille… Read more Blind Beginnings Family Christmas Party0 comments
You can now support Blind Beginnings by purchasing Purdy’s Chocolates! Dear families, friends, and supporters: Blind Beginnings is pleased to launch our Christmas Purdy’s Fundraiser. We are asking you to consider purchasing your Christmas chocolates on-line this year. From the comfort of your home you can browse the wide selection of chocolates and make your… Read more Purdy’s Chocolates Christmas Fundraiser0 comments
Kamloops families are invited to come Bowling with Blind Beginnings Our next Family Community Discovery outing will be a festive bowling party in Kamloops on December 5th! Blind Beginnings families from Kamloops and the surrounding area are invited to celebrate the holiday season with us. Come out and meet other families with a child who… Read more Kamloops Families invited to come Bowling with Blind Beginnings0 comments
BB Families are invited to a described production of “A Christmas Story”, the musical Have you requested your tickets to Sunday’s Community Discovery outing to the Stanley theatre to see an audio-described performance of “A Christmas Story”, the musical? Blind Beginnings has reserved a block of tickets for our families. Tickets are limited, so Email… Read more Metro-Vancouver Community Discovery to “A Christmas Story”0 comments
Metro-Vancouver Junior Explorers are learning Aikido Aikido is a martial art consisting of throws, joint locks and powerful circular movements to blend with an attacker’s kinetic energy to bring the conflict to an end in as peaceful a manner as possible. It relies less on physical strength, and more on timing and well-applied movements, using… Read more Metro-Vancouver Junior Explorers are learning Aikido