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

Community Discovery Skating and Beep Baseball

Family Community Discovery to try ice skating and beep baseball! The Vancouver Eclipse, in partnership with BC Blind Sports, is inviting Blind Beginnings families to a “try skating and beep baseball” day on Saturday July 11th!  This is a unique opportunity to try two sports at one event.  The afternoon will begin at the ice… Read more Community Discovery Skating and Beep Baseball


What Happens After Grad Workshop

Blind Beginnings invites youth who are blind or partially sighted 15 – 19 years of age, to participate in our “What Happens After Grad” Workshop!  Where: at our new Blind Beginnings office – 227 6th Street in New Westminster. When: 4 Wednesday mornings: July 8, and 22, and August 12 and 19, 2015. Time: 9:30… Read more What Happens After Grad Workshop


Blind Beginnings is Moving

We are excited to announce that as of July 1, Blind Beginnings will be moving into the Inclusion BC building at 227 6th St. in New Westminster. The Inclusion BC office is also home to the Family Support Institute and the Canadian Deaf-blind Association.   This will be a great opportunity to connect with other… Read more Blind Beginnings is Moving