Youth: come check out the Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group

Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group

You have a visual impairment so, 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.

In your daily life, you are likely not surrounded by other people who are blind or partially sighted. 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.

Join us for the Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group from July to December. Come connect with other youth who are blind or partially sighted and share your experiences, ideas and concerns that are likely less common amongst your sighted friends, all in a safe and comfortable setting.

When: Saturdays 10am – 12noon: Jul 8, Aug 12, Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9 (It is expected that participants will attend all 6 sessions.)

Where: Blind Beginnings office: 227 Sixth Street, New Westminster

Who: Youth who are blind or partially sighted between 14 and 19 years

Group Facilitators: 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 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: Email 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 July 8th. All participants must be members of Blind Beginnings.

Memberships: Individual = $10/year   Professional = $15/year   Family = $25/year

If you would like to register as a new member or renew, please visit .   If you have questions or would like further information, please contact us at 604 434 7243 or