Blind Beginnings

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 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 & EVENTS

2017 Gala Dinner & Auction

It’s 2017, and Blind Beginnings is excited to invite you to our 7th annual Gala Dinner & Auction!  Thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters, last year’s Gala raised approximately $35,000. We are hopeful that this year’s event will be our most successful Gala yet! As usual you can look forward to a… Read more 2017 Gala Dinner & Auction

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Explore movement and dance with the Junior Explorer’s on Feb. 25!

Junior Explorer’s are exploring movement and dance at our club meeting on February 25th! This is an introduction to dancing for children of all ages and abilities.  Even those with two left feet are welcome.  Come and meet Nicole Smith; a professional dancer who has been dancing since she was 3 years old.  Nicole will… Read more Explore movement and dance with the Junior Explorer’s on Feb. 25!

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Discover the Apple Store with Blind Beginnings

Family Community Discovery outing to the Apple Store! *Picture is of the outside of the Coquitlam Centre Mall Apple Store. Blind Beginnings is pleased to be partnering with the Apple Store in Coquitlam Centre to offer our members and their families the opportunity to attend a training session on the accessibility features built into a… Read more Discover the Apple Store with Blind Beginnings

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Parent 101 Workshop – How your child can help around the house

  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, February 15th 2017 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 227 6th Street in New Westminster   Learn from a young adult who is… Read more Parent 101 Workshop – How your child can help around the house

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