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Mentorship Program

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians offers an exciting opportunity for children, youth and adults experiencing partial or total vision loss to connect with experienced blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted role models, in order to share experiences, ideas, and strategies.

The Mentorship Program provides support, information and inspiration through contact with mentors via telephone, email, letter-writing or in person.

The mentorship relationship allows individuals to learn from the experiences of others, as well as gain valuable emotional and practical support for many of life's challenges.

As you may know, peer support and role modelling are crucial elements in the skills development and personal adjustment to vision loss process. As a mentee with the AEBC Mentorship Program, you will have the benefit of the skills, knowledge and life experience of a blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted adult. We trust that the mentoring relationship will be a fulfilling experience for both mentor and mentee.

We believe that everyone is an expert in his or her life, and that our experiences shape who we are. By reaching out to others facing similar experiences, we can facilitate partnerships and a cooperative approach to support, information-sharing, and problem-solving.

It is important to have mentors- people who inspire, challenge, and support us. As well, it can be comforting to know that others have faced, and overcome, similar challenges. We believe that the AEBC mentorship program is an important tool of empowerment for the many Canadians facing partial or total vision loss, and that this program is rewarding for everyone involved.
If you are looking for support, information or skills development or if you have such skills as Braille or computer technology, or knowledge about such things as self advocacy, or life experience with such things as guide dogs, please contact us.  There may be someone else out there who has something to offer you!

How It Works

When a person approaches us (either to be a mentor or mentee), we will consult our database of interested parties and try to find a reasonable match.  We will then put the two people in touch with one another, so that they may exchange information as they see fit.

The mentorship program is, beyond that point, largely informal.  There is no schedule of meetings, and unless one party is having difficulty reaching the other, our role ends once the connection has been established. 

For safety reasons, participants of this program must be at least 18 years of age.  That said, if you are under 18 years of age, or you have a child who you believe could benefit from mentoring in some capacity, please contact us to explore the possibilities.

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