Seeing Things Differently Youth Support Group

Youth who are blind or partially sighted between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to participate in our “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 among your sighted friends, in a safe and comfortable place.


The group will begin on Saturday, February 24, 2018 and will run the 4th Saturday of each month until June. Support Group meetings will take place from 12:30 – 2:00pm on: February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, and June 23.

*It is expected that participants will attend all 5 sessions.


All meetings will be hosted at the Blind Beginnings office: 227 6th St., New Westminster

Group Facilitators:

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

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 no later than Friday February 16, 2018.

Please include: your name, email address, 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  The cost is $10 for an individual or $25 for a family.