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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funded in part by Social Venture Partners Vancouver

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).

Please Note Office Hour Changes Due to COVID-19

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

Due to the current conditions, The Blind Beginnings staff are currently in the office  Fridays 9:00AM – 4:30PM, and are available by phone or email the rest of the week.

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

NEWS & EVENTS & Blog Posts
The letters S T E M and corresponding icons of what the letters stand for - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Stemming My Way To A Science Degree

Science has always been my favourite subject, so much so that I remember my very first lesson in kindergarten which was 15 years ago. From that point on, I was permanently enthralled by the fascinating world of STEM. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math; however I will be focusing more on the science… Read more Stemming My Way To A Science Degree

Image of a chart showing the braille codes for each of the letters of the alphabet.

The Importance of Braille Literacy

Why is braille literacy so important? Does Braille even matter today, in a world where everything is read aloud? What the heck even is it?  In light of World Braille Day that was celebrated on January 4th and the entire month being designated as Braille Literacy Month, let’s take a look and try to answer some… Read more The Importance of Braille Literacy

Seeing Things Differently Support Groups in 2022!

Blind Beginnings is excited to announce that we will be offering three Virtual Seeing Things Differently support groups in 2022 – two groups for parents, and one group for youth. **Seeing Things Differently Parent Support Groups** Since 2014, parents of children and youth who are blind or partially sighted have been invited to participate in our “Seeing… Read more Seeing Things Differently Support Groups in 2022!

Image of a golden bird cage sitting empty, it's door wide open.

Caged

I picked at my French fries, the combination of salt and potato becoming a lump in my throat each time I tried to swallow. My throat was already dry from our walk to the restaurant, and my appetite had been non-existent that entire weekend. The White Spot was spacious yet stuffy with all the busyness… Read more Caged

Image of a laptop sitting on a marbled kitchen counter, open and ready for use.

Youth Leadership Online

Throughout my youth, I have always had an interest in gaining experience through various volunteering opportunities. Within these roles, I was often the only one with a visual impairment, often leading to me having to find a way to ensure that each experience I sign up for was accessible for me. I had always heard… Read more Youth Leadership Online