Blind Beginnings

Our Mission

Blind Beginnings’ mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives.

Our work is made possible by the generosity of our donors and sponsors. To make a  one-time donation, please click here. To make a monthly donation, click here.

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A Statement Regarding Diversity and Inclusion

Even though diversity and inclusion are and always have been integral parts of the core Blind Beginnings values, we do of course recognize that there is always room for us to grow, listen, learn and participate in support of anti-racism. For this reason, we have formed a Diversity Committee that consists of board and staff members in order for us to take meaningful action in support of Black Lives Matter and other organizations that work against systemic racism against Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC).

A message to the Blind Beginnings Community
regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes to our daily lives, and to the operations, and services and programs of our organization.

The health and well being of our participants, our staff, our supporters, our families, and the greater community is of utmost importance and so face-to-face programs and events remain postponed. We have adapted our programs and have created alternate ways to participate and you can see the current programs, most of which are now operating online, on our Winter Programs 2021 page.

The Blind Beginnings office remains closed, but all our staff are still working and continue to be available by phone or email.

If you have any questions please contact one of our staff. For program updates specifically contact emily@blindbeginnings.ca

These are challenging and extraordinary times and it is more important than ever to be kind and compassionate to each other. We feel that together, we can work through this!

NEWS & EVENTS & Blog Posts
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Ready, Set, Game!

From nostalgic memories to amazing gaming sessions with friends, video games have a special place in the hearts of many. My first gaming experience was when I was 5 years old. My parents had bought my brother the PlayStation 2, and I wanted to try my hand at playing with him. I quickly learned that… Read more Ready, Set, Game!

NEW Podcast Episode 32 – Programs at Blind Beginnings

This week on the Limitless Podcast we meet two Blind Beginnings staff members, Rob Mineault and Emily Burkholder, and discuss the different programs that are being offered over the next few months of 2021. It’s a glimpse behind the scenes of Blind Beginnings and a chance to get to know some of our staff that… Read more NEW Podcast Episode 32 – Programs at Blind Beginnings

NEW Blog Post – Beyond the Pencil

Pushing back against society’s assumptions about blindness can be both a challenge as well as a transformative experience, and this week’s blog post from Jinnie describes her personal experience within the Creative Writing program at her University. Check out her submission, “Beyond the Pencil“.  

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Beyond the Pencil

I really enjoy getting lost in the messiness of characters and their worlds. As a child I carried books where I went. This love has transferred over to writing and now I create my own characters and storylines for others to enjoy. However, I have constantly been told English isn’t an interest which will further… Read more Beyond the Pencil

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Keeping Up With New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again! Celebrating the New Year, reflecting on the year that has just passed, and that all too familiar annual tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. We’ve all been there before, setting a number of goals for ourselves that we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. Yet, more often than… Read more Keeping Up With New Year’s Resolutions