“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
Spring is here, and The Junior Explorer’s Club members will be preparing a picnic lunch and then heading outside to enjoy some time on the grass on April 29th! For April’s Junior Explorer’s club meeting we invite you to come join the fun as we prepare a picnic lunch in the kitchen at… Read more Join the Junior Explorer’s for a Picnic Lunch April 29th!
Parenting Workshop April 19 – How can your blind or partially sighted child help out around the house?0 comments
Parents of children who are blind, partially sighted, or deafblind are invited to attend our upcoming workshop: How can your blind or partially sighted child help out around the house! Wednesday, April 19th 2017 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 227 6th Street in New Westminster Learn from a young adult who is… Read more Parenting Workshop April 19 – How can your blind or partially sighted child help out around the house?0 comments
Blind Beginnings 2017 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 20 to 24 on Hornby Island Family Adventure Camp – August 24 to 27 in Kelowna… Read more Announcing our 2017 Blind Beginnings Summer Camps