Register for our Creating Confidence Workshop

Fitting in can be hard.

For youth who are blind or partially sighted, there are additional social challenges to fitting in. Whether we can see or not, what we look like is often the first thing our sighted peers will 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 people who are blind is clearly communicating with sighted peers. If approximately 90 percent of communication is non-verbal through eye contact, posture, gestures, and facial expressions, how do youth who are visually impaired 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 youth 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 your visual impairment and answer those unasked questions will result in more positive social interactions with sighted peers.
Photo description: A young boy wearing a super-hero cape, wristbands, and goggles holds his arms up in a flexing position looking very confident.

*The Creating Confidence Workshops are open to youth ages 13-19.

 

In a fun and safe environment, youth will share in activities, discussions, and real-life situations that will increase confidence and expand social skills, while also becoming more comfortable talking about their blindness and/or visual impairment.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • What your non-verbal 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.

What to Expect:

Session 1 (Nov 9) – What your appearance communicates to the world (non-verbal communication, clothing, and attitude)
Session 2 (Nov 16) – How to educate others about your visual impairment (includes doing a mock presentation)
Session 3 (Nov 23) – Let’s go shopping and find out what looks good on you
Session 4 (Nov 30) – Socializing with sighted peers

The details:

When: The workshops will take place on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00pm on November 9, 16, 23, and 30

Where:  Session 1, 2, and 4 (November 9, 16 & 30) will take place at the Blind Beginnings office (227 6th St., New Westminster), and session 3 (November 23) will take place at a local mall – location TBD.

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.

Registration:

To register for the Creating Confidence Workshop, please contact Shawn Marsolais no later than Monday November 6, at 604-434-7243 or via email at shawn@blindbeginnings.ca and include your name and contact information as well as your youth’s name and age.  Space is limited so register now to confirm your spot.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 604-434-7243.