Serving young children with visual impairments
and their families since 1938
The immediate intervention provided by the Blind Childrens Center ensures that families have opportunities to bring the sighted world to their child ... to bring an array of typical childhood experiences into their lives ... and to begin learning very specific skills to help them meet the unique challenges they face.
As we begin our 65th year of service, we realize more than ever the significance of this early training. Center graduates from past decades now hold professional positions and enjoy success at various stages of their lives.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
• 85 students and their families received direct services from Blind Childrens Center professional staff.
• 30 families were enrolled in the Preschool Program. All children in the preschool attend five days a week.
• 24 families were served in the Infant Program. Three of the families were only seen in the home. The majority of families elect to enroll in the Center-based program as soon as possible. The family worker visited the families at home, in the hospital, and accompanied families to doctor visits.
• 31 families, in addition to those enrolled, were served through the social service department.
• 14 children graduated and professional assistance was provided for placement.
• Special activities for the children, in addition to the many academic and social experiences offered daily, included: Centurion’s picnic; Snow Day with 10 tons of snow; L.A. Marathon; Adventure Land theme park; reptile visit; and various annual holiday parties.
• The Infant Program added a class two mornings a week.
• A new parent group was developed (Raices) which addresses the Latino parent of a special needs child – learning the world of special needs, learning the culture of America, and adjusting to the language differences. This program was developed in collaboration with various community agencies.
• 30 graduate students from local colleges and universities interned for special education training.
• A panel of Blind Childrens Center education staff presented on Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH) at the state conference for teachers of the visually impaired. Professionals in the field are extremely interested in strategies that our staff have developed to work with the unique conditions these children face. The same staff authored an article on ONH which was published in the professional journal, RE:view.
• 25 outreach presentations, both for professionals and the general community, were delivered by the social service staff.
• Pediatric residents from Childrens Hospital, Jules Stein, USC, UCLA and Cedars Sinai made regular monthly observations. Sixty doctors were introduced to the Blind Childrens Center to learn about the impact of early intervention for the child and family.
• 4,890 of our Blind Childrens Center publications were distributed throughout the world. This is a 64% increase from last year.
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