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Blind Babies Foundation, A Program of Junior Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Blind Babies Foundation, A Program of Junior Blind
2381 Mariner Square Dr #275
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 446-2229 (Local)
(510) 446-2262 (Fax)
info@juniorblind.org
http://www.juniorblind.org/bbf

Brief Description

When an infant or preschooler is identified as blind or visually impaired, Blind Babies Foundation provides family-centered services to support the child's optimal development and access to the world.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Clients served on average per year: 500
Number of staff: 20
Geographic area served: Northern and Central California counties of: Alameda, Contra Costa, Kings, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Solano, Tulare
Publications: Hoyt Akeson Selected Readings in Ophthalmology; Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheets (English and Spanish); Community Fact Sheets.

Staff

Pam Chapin, Program Director, (510) 446-2229, pchapin@juniorblind.org
Donald Ouimet, Vice President of Programs, (323) 295-6398, douimet@juniorblind.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Library Services
    • Maintains on-site resource library for parents and professionals.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Administers visual and developmental assessments.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Through our Off to a Good Start program, our Vision Impairment Specialists help nearly 500 children each year in 14 Central and Northern California counties at no cost to families. More than 30,000 individuals have benefited from these services over the past 58 years.
  • Counseling
    • Provides counseling for parents, siblings, extended family, and others involved with a preschool visually impaired child. Provides information to family, schools, medical professionals, and others regarding individual children. Refers to other appropriate services
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Consults with program staff and provides in-service training about the vision needs of the child, adaptive materials, and environmental changes that will encourage learning.

      Provides home-based early intervention services, which include special activities and instruction in developmental areas affected by vision loss. Some direct teaching provided by staff, but emphasis is on teaching parents to become teachers. Offers home-based direct services and consultant services to other programs for visually impaired infants, and visually impaired children with or without other disabilities.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referrals to other agencies. Produces informational resources, materials and publications. Provides information, referral, and consultation services, acts as liaison for family to medical community, accompanying families on medical visits. Sells Hoyt-Akeson Selected Readings in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheets (in English/Spanish), Community Fact Sheets. Products for sale on site and online. URL: www.blindbabies.org
  • Preschool Programs
    • Consults with program staff and provides in-service training about the vision needs of the child, adaptive materials, and environmental changes that will encourage learning.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers the following services for parents:
      • Parent education
      • Provides information supporting the parent/child relationship
      • Connects family to available resources
      • Attends medical visits with families
      • Refers to other agencies
      • Supports family advocacy skills
      • Provides opportunities for families to meet and to learn from one another

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training for health care professionals, special education teachers, and others. Holds presentations, workshops, and training opportunities for other professionals.
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