Blind Beginnings Planning Okanagan Early Intervention Retreat

Blind Beginnings with the support and involvement of CNIB is planning an early intervention retreat for families with blind or partially sighted children who live in the Okanagan and surrounding regions.

Telus’ Thompson-Okanagan Community Board and the Vernon-based Foord Family Foundation have each donated $5,000 to help cover the cost of the retreat. Blind Beginnings is currently fundraising to cover the full cost of the retreat which will be held November 2, 3, and 4 at the Green Bay Bible Camp in Kelowna.

Blind Beginnings Executive Director Shawn Marsolais says research shows the importance of early intervention for all children. But for children who are blind or partially sighted, it is equally, and possibly even more important. Most professionals who work with children, such as daycare staff, preschool teachers, and Strong Start workers, are not familiar with child development as it is impacted by blindness.

Therefore, families require specific additional support and resources in order to support their children who are blind or partially sighted to reach their developmental milestones. That’s why this type of family retreat is so important.

Those who wish to help fund the retreat may do so by clicking here to make a tax deductible donation.