The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind's logo: a white sailboat over gentle waves.

About

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.

CARF seal

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.