New Online Drop-In Parent Group

Parents of children who are blind or partially sighted from birth to kindergarten age are invited to participate in our Drop-in Online Parent Group. If your child is older than kindergarten age, but you think you’d benefit from this parent group, please reach out to us!

You have a child with a visual impairment which means life is now different. On top of typical parenting, you have the added challenge of learning about an unfamiliar diagnosis, trying to understand what your child can or can’t see, scheduling appointments with many medical professionals and/or therapists, and most likely feeling overwhelmed. Chances are you don’t know of any other children who are blind or partially sighted, but even if you do, it’s really challenging to get you, and your child(ren) out of the house to meet up. Many of you live in rural parts of the province where you are the only one raising a child who is blind in your community. We recognize how isolating raising a child with a disability can feel, which is why we are launching this online Drop-in Parent Group!

How this will work:

The group will meet in a private online meeting room. When you RSVP to say that you plan to attend, you will be sent instructions to join the Zoom meeting. You can use Zoom with your computer, or smart phone, and once connected you will be able to see and talk to all the other parent participants.

When:

Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:00pm every 2nd week starting on October 24 and running until December 19. These dates include: October 24, November 7 & 21, December 5 & 19. You do not have to commit to all of these sessions to participate.

If you can’t make October 10th, but you’d like to receive email reminders for upcoming meetings, please let us know.

Note: We want to know what time would work best for you.  If you are interested in participating, but Wednesday afternoons don’t work for you, please let us know.

Where:

From the comfort of your home – all you need is a computer or smart phone to join us.

What can you expect during group meetings?

The group will be facilitated by Shawn Marsolais, a registered clinical counsellor who grew up with a visual impairment, and who also happens to be a parent. Shawn will be available to answer questions, introduce group members, and bring in speakers with expertise in topics requested by the group. Part of the meeting will always include a check-in where each parent can talk about how they are doing/feeling that day.  This will also be the time to suggest topics for future meetings or ask specific questions.

How to register:

If you have questions or would like to participate in this Drop-in Online Parent Group, please send an Email to: shawn@blindbeginnings.ca or call 604-434-7243 or toll free 1-866-736-8620.  Please let us know your child’s name and age, and an Email address so we can send you the Zoom instructions and link to join the meeting.

We’re very much looking forward to meeting you online this October!