The Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind offers independent living skills (ILS) training to blind and Deafblind individuals. This includes the skills of blindness/Deafblindness, such as Braille, assistive technologies, and employment readiness.
We are currently only accepting students from the British Columbia Metro Vancouver and northern Vancouver Island areas, though we are working hard to expand capacity alongside the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind. If you are outside of the Metro Vancouver or northern Vancouver Island areas, see here for details on our planned expansion project.
From time to time we have volunteer and paid work experience placements available to students as part of this program. Placements take place either within the organization or with external employers wishing to give blind and Deafblind people experience in work environments. The work experience placements are a great way for students to gain experience that will help them to increase their employability and demonstrate to employers that people who are blind and Deafblind have potential as solid employees. Volunteer staff from the Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind work alongside students to support them through their placements, providing them with mentorship and teaching them the skills they need to be successful at work.
If you are within the Metro Vancouver or northern Vancouver Island areas, please contact us and we can set up a time to assess your training needs.
Please note: This stream will be replaced by the Blind People in Charge: Immersion Stream when the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and meeting Centre is opened.