Our Local Philanthropy
Braille Challenge, Blind Children's Learning Center, November 14, 2017
Vision Beyond Sight, with speaker Jake Olson, February 22, 2018
Since 1962, Blind Children’s Learning Center has prepared children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education, and family support. The Center serves children birth through age 21 through a variety of educational programs and specialty services, including:
GLOBAL INFANT DEVELOPMENT
Early intervention for infants and families in their home environment is critical to immediately address developmental delays in children with a visual impairment. Specialists make weekly home visits, as shown in this video video to provide vision stimulation, parent education and family support. Occupational and physical therapists and a speech pathologist also work with the infants and toddlers.
BRIGHT VISIONS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Blind Children's Learning Center's on-site inclusive preschool and school age program accepts infants as young as six weeks through second grade. At Bright Visions , teachers and therapists provide specialized education and training in sensory development and adaptive skills. One of the students, Sophia, was not able to walk when she started at BCLC nearly two years ago. Her progress is incredible, which you can see in this video shot by teachers.
YOUTH OUTREACH AND INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
Elementary and High School Students in public school system continue to receive specialized training to ensure success during their school age years. Credentialed teachers travel to public school classrooms throughout Orange County to provide instruction in Braille or low vision modalities, Orientation and Mobility and adaptive technology training. Mentoring, tutoring, daily living skills classes and outing opportunities are included in this program for teens age 12 to 2. The objective is to provide positive and practical experiences while building the self-esteem and independence of visually impaired young adults.
DESTINATION INDEPENDENCE 5K WALK
Takes place at Blind Children’s Learning Center on the second Saturday of May. NSC members and their families join the Walk each year and participate through the team DELTA GAMMA DO GOOD. Please see the website to sign up.
For more information visit the website at Blind Children’s Learning Center.