Youth Support Group: Revised times

Youth who are blind or partially sighted between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to participate in our new Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group

You have a visual impairment, and that means that in many ways, your day to day experience differs from that of a sighted person. On top of the typical stresses of being a teenager, you have the added challenge of learning to do things differently in an often inaccessible world.

Likely in your day to day life, you are not surrounded by other people with visual impairments, and as a result you are both an ambassador for blindness to the sighted world, and the only one doing things in a different way at school, at work, or in your family. By joining us for the Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group you will have the opportunity to connect with other youth with visual impairments and share concerns that are likely less common amongst your sighted friends in a safe and comfortable place.


The group will begin on Saturday July 8, 2017 and will run the second Saturday of each month until December.

Support Group meetings will take place from 1:30 – 3:30 pm on: July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 9

It is expected that participants will attend all 6 sessions.


Meetings will be hosted at the Blind Beginnings office in New Westminster – 227 6th St.

Group Facilitators:

The group will be facilitated by Shawn Marsolais and Sean Heaslip.

Shawn Marsolais has a Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling, is a registered clinical counsellor, has 15 years experience working with children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families, and was born with a degenerative eye-condition.

Sean Heaslip was also born with a visual impairment, and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, having completed his Master’s in Counselling Psychology at UBC. Sean is currently working on his PhD in counselling Psychology at UBC.

How to register:

If you would like to participate in the Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group, please send an Email to: or call 604-434-7243 or toll free 1-866-736-8620 no later than June 29, 2017.

Please include: your name and phone number.

Once your registration is received, one of the group facilitators will contact you to give you more details about the group.

Please Note: Space is limited and registrations will not be accepted after the first group meeting.

All participants must be members of Blind Beginnings.  If you would like to become a member, please visit and click on “Become a Member”.  The cost is $10 for an individual or $25 for a family.