Current Programs

Below is a list of all our current programs for the coming months. Please direct any questions to our Program Coordinator, Emily Burkholder: emily@blindbeginnings.ca

Kids Connect Support Group | Exploring Work Wednesdays | Virtual Parent’s Night Out  | Early Beginnings Program / Adam’s Accessible Story Time | Creating Connections | Harry Potter Book Club | Virtual Camp 2021

Kids Connect Support Group

EVERY SECOND Tuesday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST

This program is for children & youth who are blind or partially sighted 7 – 13 years

Many children across BC are missing the social connection with other kids at school and in their communities. Each Tuesday, children 7 – 13 years of age who are blind or partially sighted can connect with each other in our Blind Beginnings Zoom room. This is a place to share struggles, strategies, and successes, but also to play games, tell stories, and make new friends.

When: Every second Tuesday at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST
Where: The Blind Beginnings Zoom Room
Register now for the Kids Connect Support Group!

Exploring Work Wednesdays

Second Wednesday Of The Month 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm PST

Exploring Work Wednesdays is taking a well deserved summer vacation, but we’ll be back in the Fall with many more guests who will be discussing their respective career paths!

Virtual Parent’s Night Out

July 22 and August 26 – 7:00 pm PST

Throughout the summer Parent’s night will be a drop in on July 22 and August 26th.

Parents are invited to connect online, without your children, to share your challenges, frustrations, worries, and strategies for coping. Some of you aren’t seeing all the professionals who normally come into your home to work with your child, some of you are juggling home-schooling and working from home, some of you may have lost your jobs. Whatever your situation, this group is a place to receive support from other parents as well as a registered clinical counselor.

In addition to offering this chance to drop-in and network with other parents of blind or partially sighted children, we will also be offering a workshop format once a month where parents will be able to gain information and resources about a pre-determined topic.

We are taking a break from workshop topics for the summer, but we will return to offering them monthly in the Fall.

Who can attend: Blind Beginnings Parents across BC / Yukon
Where: The Blind Beginnings Zoom Room
When: July 22 and August 26 at 7:00 pm PST
Register now for Virtual Parent’s Night Out/Online Support Group

Adam’s Accessible Story Time / Early Beginnings Program

July 10 and August 14, 2021 at 9:30 AM PST

At 9:30 am, All Blind Beginnings children/youth and their families are invited to join the Zoom room for Adam’s Accessible Story Time! Adam will read stories, but also provide image description and explain concepts that might be new to some listeners. Following each story listeners can share their thoughts or ask questions about the story.

When: 9:30 am PST July 10 and August 14 throughout the summer months

Early Beginnings Activity!

Blind Beginnings families are then invited to stick around after Adam’s Accessible Storytime and join us for a hands-on activity. A Vision Specialist from Vision Loss Rehabilitation BC will lead us through these pre-school friendly activities once a month.

For families who would like to participate in the Early Beginnings activities, you will need to register in order for us to send you an activity package in the mail which will include some of the supplies needed! Please be sure to register for the activity at least 7-10 days prior to the activity date to allow enough time for us to send you the supplies needed!

Our next activities will take place on Saturday July 10 and August 14 at approximately 10:00 am PST, immediately after Adam’s stories!

Who can attend:
From 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM PST – Parents/Caregivers of children birth to 5 years of age
From 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PST – Any Blind Beginnings child/youth and their families
When: July 10 and August 14
Where: The Blind Beginnings Zoom Room
Register now for Early Beginnings / Adam’s Accessible Story Time

Creating Connections

4TH Friday of the Month Starting Jan 22 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST

This program is for children & youth who are blind or partially sighted 12 – 20 years

On the last Friday evening of each month youth who are blind or partially sighted 12 – 20 years are invited to connect online for Creating Connections!

This is an opportunity for youth to meet and socialize with peers who are also blind or partially sighted, and make new friends. There will be get-to-know-you games, themed activities, and of course some laughter and fun.

Who can attend: Children & youth who are blind or partially sighted 12 – 20 years
When:  4th Friday of the month  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST
Register now for Creating Connections

Harry Potter Book Club

WEDNESDAYS from 4:00 – 5:30 PM PST

ATTENTION ALL WITCHES AND WIZARDS!

Just like He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, the Blind Beginnings Harry Potter Book Club has returned! However, our plan isn’t a nefarious one that involves the vaporizing of a certain young wizard — we just want to have fun reading the next book in the epic J.K. Rowling series!

All Blind Beginnings children and youth are invited to join us as we convert the Blind Beginnings Zoom Room into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and spend some time reading our way through Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

Join us on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30-pm PST, we’ll listen to some Blind Beginnings Youth Mentors read a couple of chapters.

If you have a copy of the book, you are welcome to read along. If you don’t have your own copy, and you’d like one, we’ll do our best to find you one. Wands and robes are optional.

Register now for the Harry Potter Book Club!

Virtual Camp 2021

Virtual Camp 2021 takes place August 16th -20th! This year we will be splitting the days up so there will be something for everyone: mornings will include activities for kids under 12, afternoons for the teens, and the evenings will be fun for the whole family!

Our Kids Camp events for those 12 and under run every day, Monday – Friday between 9:30 AM PST – 11:30 AM PST.
We have some very fun and exciting events lined up for kids 12 and under, including:

  • Body Percussion with Daniel Duggan
  • Yoga with Harmony Kids Yoga
  • Making Wind Chimes
  • Puppet Making and Puppet Show with Kellie Haines
  • Clay Day!

Our Teens Camp events for teens ages 13 – 19 run every day, Monday – Friday between 1:00 PM PST – 4:00 PM PST
Our activities for Teens Camp include:

  • Making Homemade Bath Bombs
  • Harmony Yoga
  • Getting the Skinny on Skincare
  • Improv with Dougie Cane
  • Harry Potter Escape Room

And finally, our Family events which are open for all ages and the entire family, run from 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM PST
We’ve got some amazing fun for the whole Family lined up, such as:

  • Disney Music Bingo
  • Audio Described Movie Night
  • Talent Show
  • Game Show Night
  • Campfire Sing-A-Long

As you can see, we may still be virtual, but we have more activities than ever lined up for all our Campers and their families! Follow the links below to see the full schedules for our KIDS Camps and Teens Camp.

Click here for the full details on all our KIDS CAMP events
Click here for the full details on all our TEENS CAMP events

Don’t wait, registration closes July 16th, 2021! You are not going to want to miss this year’s Virtual Camp, with more activities packed into 5 days than ever before!

CAMP REGISTRATION

Email Emily at emily@blindbeginnings.ca to register now!
When you register for the week’s worth of Kids Camp or Teens Camp events, you are also eligible to attend the Evening Family Fun Activities, which take place each evening at 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM PST.

When registering, please include the following information:

  • Name and age of Virtual Camper
  • Siblings are welcome to join! Please provide the names and ages of any siblings that will be attending any events
  • A completed Photo Release Form – Word Document (alternate formats are available if needed)
  • Email address to send the Zoom Links to
  • Mailing address – we will be sending certain materials and camp goodies along to all participants!
  • Emergency Contact Number

Registration Information

If you would like to attend any or all of these sessions, register by emailing Emily at:  emily@blindbeginnings.ca.   Please provide the name of all participants, and ages of any children or youth, and the program or online event that you wish to attend.  Also include the email address we can send the Zoom link to.

All participants must be members of Blind Beginnings.  You can become a member or renew your membership at https://www.blindbeginnings.ca/support/membership/.  

Barrier-Free Programming

We strive to make all our Programs barrier-free environments. If any family or individual has any sort of barrier to participation (eg. mobility, technology needs, language barriers, etc.), please contact Emily at emily@blindbeginnings.ca and we will do our best to accommodate.