Seeing Things Differently Parent Support Group

Parents of children and youth who are blind or partially sighted are invited to participate in our “Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group

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, and you may now be hearing words like braille, white cane, sighted guide, assistive technology, concept development, and legally blind.

If you are like most parents of a child who is blind or partially sighted, you had not met anybody who was blind before your child was diagnosed.  The Seeing Things Differently Parent Support Group is a place to connect with other parents who have a first-hand understanding of what you are going through.  Here are some quotes from parents who participated in the last group:

“… it helps to hear from other people going through the same ordeal. That way you don’t feel singled out or alone. It was also helpful to hear about other families with children that went blind due to cancer as I thought we must be the only family but we are not – this means others have had to go through this and they have done so successfully.  This gives you hope.”

“It was a great pleasure to meet with other parents facing the same challenge.  We learned a lot from each other and it helped us to plan our future and to overcome immediate hardship.”

“I enjoyed sharing stories and experiences with parents.  I feel comfortable to be myself and talk about feelings with others coming from [a] similar background.”

“The group is very meaningful and helpful for parents of kids with visual impairments.  We developed a strong sense of belonging to the group after the sessions.

When:

The group will begin on Saturday, February 24, 2018 and will run every other Saturday afternoon from 2:30-4:00 pm. Support Group meetings will take place on: Feb 24, March 10, March 24, April 14, April 28, and May 12.

*Please mark these dates on your calendar. It is required that you commit to attending all 6 sessions

Where:

All 6 sessions will take place at the Blind Beginnings office: 227 6th Street, New Westminster

Group Facilitators:

The group will be facilitated by Shawn Marsolais and Sean Heaslip; both are registered clinical counsellors who happen to be visually impaired from birth.

We will also provide:

  • Qualified childcare on-site
  • Light refreshments

How to register:

If you would like to participate in the Seeing Things Differently Parent Support Group, please send an email to: shawn@blindbeginnings.ca or call 604-434-7243 no later than Friday, February 16.

Please include: your name, a phone number you can be reached at, and the names and ages of any children who might require childcare during the group meetings.

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 www.blindbeginnings.ca.  The cost is $10 for an individual and $25 for a family.