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

Youth: come check out the Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group

Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group You have a visual impairment so, in many ways, your day-to -day experience differs from that of a sighted person. On top of the typical stresses of being a teenager, you have the added challenge of learning to do things differently in an often inaccessible world. In your daily… Read more Youth: come check out the Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group

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Come join us for the Blind Beginnings Annual Family BBQ/Potluck and AGM!

When: Saturday June 24, 2017 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Where: 7915 Elwell Street, Burnaby. Thanks very much to Marilyn & Ken Rushton for offering their home for this event. The event will begin with the Family BBQ/Potluck. Blind Beginnings will provide hamburgers and hot dogs but we ask all families to please bring a dish to share.… Read more Come join us for the Blind Beginnings Annual Family BBQ/Potluck and AGM!

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Junior Explorers: Come learn blind tennis May 27

Junior Explorers: Come learn to play blind tennis on May 27th Blind tennis has been popular in Japan since 1985 and is now making its way to Canada. Kiyo Breiting has 5 years’ experience teaching blind tennis to elementary school children and has volunteered to teach our Junior Explorers. When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 from… Read more Junior Explorers: Come learn blind tennis May 27

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