Summer Creating Confidence Program

July 31, August 1, and August 2, 2018 – For children who are blind or partially sighted aged 9-13.

About Creating Confidence

Fitting in can be hard. For children who are blind or partially sighted, it has added social challenges. Whether we can see or not, what we look like is often the first thing sighted peers 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 children who are blind is clearly communicating with sighted peers. If approximately ninety percent of communication is non-verbal through eye contact, posture, gestures, and facial expressions, how do visually impaired youth 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 children 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 their visual impairment and answer those unasked questions can result in more positive social interactions with sighted peers.

In a fun and safe environment, children and 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 blindness and/or visual impairment. Specific topics that will be covered in this intensive 3-day program include:

  • What your nonverbal 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.

Activities will include:

  • Practice doing a mock classroom presentation on blindness and visual impairment
  • Lunch in a restaurant where participants will practice ordering within a budget, requesting assistance with the menu, using proper table manners and etiquette, and appropriate lunch conversation
  • A consultation on what style of clothing works for your age and body type
  • A trip to the mall for an introduction to how to shop for clothes

The Details

When: three consecutive days – July 31, August 1, and August 2, 2018
Where: Victory Hill Residence in Burnaby (near Metrotown)
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm each day

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.

To register for the Creating Confidence Workshop, please contact Lisa Odland no later than Monday July 16, at: 604-434-7243 or via email at: lisa@blindbeginnings.ca and include your name and contact information as well as your child’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.