Founded in 2008, Blind Beginnings Society offers BC children and youth who are blind or partially sighted opportunities to develop skills, confidence and independence in order to reach their full potential.
Through participation in self-orientation workshops, recreational activities, mentoring programs, summer camps, parent workshops and support groups, and family events, blind children develop the skills and confidence to challenge their personal limits, parents find the resources and peer support they need to support their child’s development, and families are strengthened through recreational and networking opportunities.
How we are unique
- Our focus is on children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, and issues affecting them.
- We are a family directed agency. Parents and family members are the key decision makers regarding the direction, implementation and evaluation of our programs and services.
- We promote a ‘no limits’ philosophy which challenges pervasive misconceptions about blindness. We are passionate about demonstrating that there is no limit to what children and youth who are blind or partially sighted can accomplish.
- We embrace and value blindness and visual impairment as an expression of the range of human diversity.
Our Mission is to provide children and youth who are blind or partially sighted with the necessary opportunities, experiences, and family and community support to reach their full potential.
Blind Beginnings strives 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.
Blind Beginnings recognizes that expertise lies within the family and believe families should take a leadership role in assuring the needs of their children are met. We strive to guarantee that children and youth who are blind will reach their full potential by providing:
- Instruction to children and youth who are blind or partially sighted in the skills necessary for independence, self-sufficiency, and personal and social fulfillment.
- Counseling and support services to all members of the family based on a positive attitude towards blindness and a no-limits philosophy.
- A range of consultation services that aim to raise the public profile of issues around visual impairment, promote positive perspectives on blindness and showcase the limitless potential of people who are blind or partially sighted in order to foster greater understanding, acceptance and respect.