The biggest disability you can give these kids is telling them they can’t
When most people think about children who are blind or partially sighted, they lower their expectations of what is possible. As a result, these children often grow up underestimating their abilities and not participating in physical activities, directly impacting their health and social connections.
On September 10, 2017, nine youth who are blind or partially sighted, each with a sighted guide, challenged themselves physically and mentally to reach the top of Grouse Mountain.
Our ‘Grinders’ each had their own reasons for doing The Grind®. Some did it to show doubters they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Others did it to challenge themselves physically and mentally. All invested in their own well-being, while creating awareness about blindness and the abilities of youth who are blind or partially sighted.
The idea for this exciting challenge came from Christina Duncan, Recreation Therapist at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. When she suggested it to our founder Shawn Marsolais, Shawn was equally excited and they immediately began planning. Having climbed The Grind® in her 20’s, and finding it incredibly challenging, Shawn felt that the Do The Grind Blind Challenge fit perfectly with the Blind Beginnings No Limits philosophy.
All sponsorship funds raised will go directly to cover the costs of this event and toward our programs and services for our children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families.
Sponsorships as of
September 20, 2017
Thanks to our Supporters and Collaborators
AMI is currently producing a 1-hour documentary special of our Do The Grind Blind Challenge, to provide a closer look into the participants’ training and their individual experiences. It will air nationally on AMI this fall.
AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. AMI is proud to support Blind Beginnings in its mission to help children who are blind or partially sighted develop skills and increase their confidence and independence.
Inclusion BC and Disability Pride 2017
Inclusion BC is a federation working with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children and youth with special needs, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families by supporting abilities, promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice.
Disability Pride 2017, like Blind Beginnings, sees disability as is just another way that makes people unique. As more people with disabilities are empowered and heard, they are taking back control of how society thinks and talks about disability.
That’s what led to the idea of disability pride.
MEC Outdoor Nation
Mountain Equipment Co-op has supported Blind Beginnings’ summer camp several times. Through MEC Outdoor Nation, the Do The Grind Blind Challenge received in-kind support which enables our Grinders to use proper trekking poles to ensure stability and safety during the climb.
As a member of 1% for the Planet, MEC commits to donating 1% of every purchase to support not-for-profit organizations focused on outdoor activity and conservation in Canada.
BLIND Beginnings Grinders Training Schedule
First group Training: May 9, 2017 – 10km walk around Burnaby Lake
GROUP TRAINING #2: June 4, 2017 – Coquitlam Crunch
GROUP TRAINING #3: July 9, 2017 – Quarry Rock Trail
GROUP TRAINING #4: AUGUST 13, 2017 – BCMC, Grouse Mountain
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