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 Current Programs 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
Image of a collection of graphics and icons that represent different aspects of East Indian culture, all formed together in the shape of a heart.

The Invisible East Indian

For the longest time, I remember being embarrassed of certain East Indian traditions. Although I am more confident in my heritage and ethnicity now, that wasn’t always the case. When living in a country where the majority of the people are similar and you see yourself as the odd one out, it makes you want… Read more The Invisible East Indian

A pair of hands form the universal symbol for a heart or love in front of a rainbow Pride flag that is blowing in the wind.

My True Colours: Like a Rainbow

The month of June is Pride Month. This is a month to celebrate the LGBTQ2SA community while educating society and shading light on the discrimination of this minority. Although I am still hesitant to disclose this part of who I am for fear of how I will be received and treated, I myself identify as… Read more My True Colours: Like a Rainbow

A hand holding a piece of chalk writes on a blackboard which reads ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The Diversity of ADHD

Near the end of 2020 I decided it would be a good time to start learning about other disabilities outside of blindness in order to educate myself and be more informed. I followed advocates with various disabilities in order to get information straight from the source — people with lived experiences. Throughout my research I… Read more The Diversity of ADHD

Image of a computer keyboard with three blue buttons, each representing a different disability community - deaf, blind, and physical.

What Accessibility Means To Me

Accessibility is very important for all of us, not just for people who are blind but also for people who have other disabilities and people who are sighted. Accessibility is not just technology as some people believe but it is something that makes life easier in any kind of way. It can be anything from… Read more What Accessibility Means To Me

Concept of literary art with letters coming out of a pencil.

Finding My Inner Poet

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always loved to write. As soon as I learned how to form letters, I would grab my colorful markers and write all over my Disney Princess covered notebooks. But the fun didn’t stop there. I would eagerly write on any plain white surface I could get my little… Read more Finding My Inner Poet