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Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) Train the Trainer Workshop, Victoria BC from September 5 through 8, 2017

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Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) Train the Trainer Workshop


Date: Tuesday September 5 – Friday September 8 2017

Time: Tuesday and Wednesday – 10:00 – 4:00, Thursday and Friday 3:00 – 7:00

Location: Victoria Disability Resource Centre 817a Fort St.


This four day free workshop is for individuals interested in becoming an instructor for the PTCB.  We are looking for blind or partially sighted adults who have independent blindness skills in at least two of the following areas: Braille, travelling with a white cane, accessing technology through a screen reader and independent life skills.


The workshop will include:


  1. The Foundation: including founding principles of the PTCB, its philosophy and code of ethics
  2. Training Basics: including the structured discovery model, use of sleep shades, peer trainers, the long white cane and problem solving.
  3. Assessment and Goal Setting
  4. Lesson Planning
  5. Specific Training Techniques and Tools
  6. PTCB Policy and Best Practices


The workshop will include discussions, demonstrations, hands on exercises and assignments.  Participants will be expected to attend all Train the Trainer sessions and will be evaluated throughout the week.


For more information please call: 250-580-4910 or email:  or


Please complete the following application form, if you would like to participate in the workshop.




PTCB Train the Trainer Workshop Application Form




Phone number:




Amount of vision (if any):


Number of years you have been living with vision loss:


Describe your independent blindness skills in the following areas.



Travel with the white cane:


Assistive Technology:


Life skills such as cooking:


Describe an incident where you helped another person with vision loss learn

how to do something:


Describe why you wish to take the Train the Trainer Workshop:


Return your completed form to Linda Bartram at No later than Friday August 18 2017.



The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB) is expanding its Blind People in Charge Adult program to include students from outside of Victoria.


Staff at the centre will work with an out-of-town student to find appropriate and viable housing options for these students such as billeting, homestay or other affordable accommodation while they are training.


Students will be expected to attend the training centre three-days-a-week. A firm commitment to training is expected.


If practical, and the student doesn’t live too far away, students can also travel to Victoria each week for training and return home later in the week.


Through its Blind People in Charge Program, the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind teaches blindness / independence skills including Braille, travel with the long white cane, talking and Braille adaptive technology, cooking, cleaning, sewing, job readiness, organizational skills, financial management and other lifeskills. The PTCB uses a positive and empowering method of teaching that encourages students to problem solve and take charge of their own lives. All instructors and mentors at the centre are blind.


If you wish to learn more, or register, please contact us.


Elizabeth Lalonde, Executive Director

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind

Phone 250-580-4910

817a Fort St

Victoria, BC, V8W 1H6

Blind people empowering blind people to be employed, independent and free.