The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind is a grassroots charitable organization based in Victoria, BC. The organization is community-focused, accountable to the people it serves, and the great majority of its funds are spent on direct program delivery.
The PTCB was founded in 2011 and has been providing services since 2014. The idea of the centre took root years before, however, in the minds of blind people who wanted to address the high unemployment rate (75% nationally), isolation, and severe lack of intensive rehabilitation available to blind people in the province and in the country.
PTCB is committed to empowering its students to achieve independence, employment, equality and first-class citizenship. We accomplish this by offering cutting-edge blindness skills training based on a positive, proven, world-renowned model. Project leaders instill a belief in blind people’s own capabilities and in the limitless possibilities open to them and adopt a non-custodial approach. It is not about sighted people doing things for the blind; It is, instead, about blind people doing things for themselves. It is about blind teachers working with blind students to increase skills and confidence.
Blind people empowering blind people to be employed, independent and free.
The centre is currently providing direct service to 18 participants in Greater Victoria and is bringing in new participants regularly. This program is the first step towards developing a more extensive nine-month residential-style blindness immersion program.