"The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (www.ptcb.ca), now part of the Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind (COBD) family, runs Blind People in Charge, an empowering, independence training program for blind and Deafblind adults in Canada. This national award-winning program was recently accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and is the only accredited blindness-service in BC.
In this program, blind and Deafblind instructors teach nonvisual skills, such as Braille, travel with the long white cane, adaptive technology and life skills, using an experiential, problem-solving model of teaching where participants learn to take charge of their own lives. We are now merging with our partner organization, Camp Bowen (www.campbowen.ca), under the COBD umbrella, to create a campus where blind, Deafblind, and low-vision children, teens, and adults from across Canada can come together for summer independence camps and intensive blindness/Deafblindness skills training."
Why We Fund Pacific Training Centre for the Blind
The PTCB is a grassroots organization founded and run entirely by blind and Deafblind people, supporting independence. Participants learn from teachers and mentors who have real lived-experience of being blind and or Deafblind. They are an organization priding itself on being adaptable, creative and dreaming big.