The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) is a grassroots charitable organization, (Charity Number: 846673085RR0001).
Our centre serves blind, deafblind and low vision adults in Greater Victoria and elsewhere of all ages from young adults to older seniors.
We have accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and we are the only accredited blindness-service provider in BC.
We are also one of the only organizations in Canada that offers regular, intensive, group-based blindness skills training to blind and low vision adults.
We deliver our programs at the centre located in downtown Victoria at 817A Fort Street and next-door in the same building at 814 Broughton Street.
We offer blindness skills / independence training to anyone who is blind, deafblind, or who is experiencing vision loss living in, or able to travel to, Victoria. Students are self-referred, a medical referral is not required. We accept anyone over the age of 18 and have provided services to people from age 19 to 95.
We provide non-visual training in: tactile skills, including Braille; orientation and travel training with the long white cane; daily living skills such as cooking and cleaning; technology such as computer and iPhone use without sight; and employment readiness.
All of our instructors are blind, have a wealth of lived experience to share and promote a positive approach to blindness.
Students at the centre learn in a class setting, which allows them to chat with their peers and discuss concerns with others who are experiencing similar situations.
Teachers assess students and individualize training according to each student’s goals and abilities.
Students gain the skills and confidence to increase their independence, improve their income and quality of life, learn leadership skills, take part in their community, and find gainful employment Or self-employment.
The PTCB delivers programs using the non-traditional Structured Discovery model of teaching, where students are encourage to problem solve and to take charge of their own lives and learning. Students with some remaining vision wear learning shades, a comfortable covering over the eyes, which help them to build confidence and focus on using their other senses.
The year is divided into two terms (September to February and February to June. Students are encouraged to commit to attending for a full term and can continue for a second and even a third and fourth term
Blind people empowering blind people to be employed, independent and free.
The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind is committed to empowering its students to achieve independence, employment, equality and first-class citizenship by offering cutting edge blindness skills training based on a positive, proven, world-renowned model.
Teachers instill a belief in blind people’s own capabilities and in the limitless possibilities open to them by adopting a non-custodial approach (i.e. it is not about sighted people doing things for blind people; it is about blind people doing things for themselves, and it is about blind teachers working with blind students to increase skills and confidence).
We would love to hear from you. For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact us