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

Revised dates: What Happens After Grad Workshop

Blind Beginnings invites youth who are blind or partially sighted 15 – 19 years of age, to participate in our “What Happens After Grad” Workshop!   Where: at our Blind Beginnings office – 227 6th Street in New Westminster. When:2 Saturdays: June 10, and 17, and 2 Thursdays: June 29, and July 6,2017. Time: 1:00… Read more Revised dates: What Happens After Grad Workshop

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Register for our Youth Support Group – Revised times

Youth who are blind or partially sighted between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to participate in our new Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group   You have a visual impairment, and that means that in many ways, your day to day experience differs from that of a sighted person. On top of… Read more Register for our Youth Support Group – Revised times

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Join Blind Beginnings for a day of fun in the sand on June 16th at the indoor sandpark in Richmond!

Hello Parents: Our youngest members and their families are invited to a Community Discovery outing to Little Diggers on Friday June 16! Over the winter we have learned not to count on good weather, which is why we are planning a visit to a warm and dry indoor beach!  Children 10 years and younger and… Read more Join Blind Beginnings for a day of fun in the sand on June 16th at the indoor sandpark in Richmond!

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