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).

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
Image of a hand writing on a blackboard that is filled with various different Math equations.

Solving For Why

I miss the days when Math was as easy as 1-2-3, and I could rattle off my times tables without missing a beat. Now, I despise anything to do with math – even simple measurements and counting money. When I reached grade 7, I was taken out of mainstream math classes in order to be… Read more Solving For Why

We’re hiring Program Assistants!

We are excited to announce the openings for two temporary, part time, paid Program Assistant positions. Responsibilities of these Program Assistants would include assisting the Executive Director and Program Coordinator with the planning, coordination and implementation of Blind Beginnings programs including summer camp activities for children, youth, and families, to help with program evaluation, and… Read more We’re hiring Program Assistants!

Join us for “Partners in Resiliency – Seeing Mental Health Differently” Community Day on May 13th!

We are so excited to partner with Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) and the BC Vision Teachers’ Association (BC VTA) to host a “Partners in Resiliency – Seeing Mental Health Differently” Community Day on May 13th. This will be a community-focused day of virtual workshops that address important topics connected to mental… Read more Join us for “Partners in Resiliency – Seeing Mental Health Differently” Community Day on May 13th!

Image of a woman wearing gardening gloves and holding a potted plant, surrounded by other plants in a garden.

Growing Into Gardening

Gardening is one of those things where you can’t help but wonder how blind or partially sighted people would do it. It seems so visual, most would think you need to see to be able to know what plants are what and where, what are the weeds or actual plants, how and when things are… Read more Growing Into Gardening

Make Your Easter Egg Hunts More Accessible!

Easter is almost here and in the spirit of the season our Executive Director, Shawn Marsolais, has submitted an article on the Limitless Blog this week that outlines some ideas on how to make Easter Egg hunts a little more accessible for children that are blind or partially sighted. Hop on over to the Limitless… Read more Make Your Easter Egg Hunts More Accessible!