Blind Beginnings is excited to be bringing our Creating Confidence Workshop to youth aged 14 – 18 from all regions of BC!
Fitting in can be hard. For children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, it has added social challenges. Whether we can see or not, what we look like is often the first thing sighted peers notice. When you can’t see what your peers are wearing, how they are styling their hair, and how they use body language, you wonder about your own physical appearance.
Another social challenge for youth who are blind is clearly communicating with sighted peers. If approximately ninety percent of communication is non-verbal through eye contact, posture, gestures, and facial expressions, how do visually impaired youth know that they are communicating the messages they want to?
Finally, sighted people may be unfamiliar and uncomfortable with blindness and may choose not to speak to a person who is blind or partially sighted out of fear that they may do something to offend. The sooner children who are blind or partially sighted learn how to put sighted peers at ease the easier social interactions will be. Being able to talk openly about their visual impairment and answer those unasked questions can result in more positive social interactions with sighted peers.
Throughout this workshop, youth aged 14 – 18 will participate in activities and discussions that will increase confidence and expand social skills, and help them to become more comfortable talking about blindness and/or visual impairment. Specific topics include:
- What your nonverbal communication says about you.
- How to communicate effectively and put people at ease about your blindness.
- Adopting positive self-esteem and self-acceptance.
- Knowing how to look and what to do in social situations.
When: Four consecutive Thursdays: February 21 & 28, and March 7 & 14, 2019.
Where: From the comfort of your home, you can join from your computer or smart phone. We will be using Zoom conferencing for this workshop. Zoom is easy to use, accessible, and confidential. Only those who register for the workshop will receive the link to join the meetings.
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cost: There is no cost for this workshop however; all participants must be members of Blind Beginnings. To become a member, please visit www.blindbeginnings.ca. the cost to become a member is $10 for an individual and $25 for a family.
To register for the Creating Confidence Workshop, please contact Shawn Marsolais no later than Friday February 15, at: 604-434-7243, toll free 1-866-736-8620, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and include youth’s full name, age, and email address.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Shawn.