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 or Fall Programs 2020 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
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Halloween Memories

Halloween is the time of year where everyone seems to get really excited to dress up in cool costumes, go trick or treating, and watch scary movies. However, for kids who are blind or partially sighted, it might look a little different. Growing up as a kid with low vision kid who was blind in… Read more Halloween Memories

New Teen Tech Online Workshops

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new set of online Workshops to our Fall Programs that will focus on technology. With so many programs and services going exclusively online, we wanted to create a series of Workshops that specifically centers on technology, both to educate youth on what’s available, as well as to… Read more New Teen Tech Online Workshops

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Baking With Jill

The best part of baking is of course getting to eat the delicious treat at the end, but there is so much more to it than that. Growing up, I remember never really caring much for baking and I probably just didn’t have enough patience for it at the time. So I would just let… Read more Baking With Jill

Last Chance to Buy Gala Tickets!

If you haven’t purchased your ticket for the Blind Beginnings Harvesting Hope Gala on October 17, there’s not much time left! Ticket sales will be cut off tomorrow, October 16th at 12:00 PM PST!  Don’t miss out on this year’s Gala and get yours now! And while you’re at it, text ‘GALA‘ to 604-706-1880 and get… Read more Last Chance to Buy Gala Tickets!

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Navigating the Social Waters

Everybody knows that social gatherings can amount to some level of stress, but for those of us who are blind or partially sighted, it can be even trickier to navigate amongst the sea of humans. Therefore, we are here to share some of our struggles and tips when taking part in family or social gatherings.… Read more Navigating the Social Waters