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Blind Childrens Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Blind Childrens Center
4120 Marathon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 664-2153 (Local)
(323) 665-3828 (Fax)
(800) 222-3566 (Toll-Free)
info@blindchildrenscenter.org
http://www.blindchildrenscenter.org

Brief Description

Blind Childrens Center is a total family service organization.

Hours of operation: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-3:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 150
Number of staff: 39
Staff description: Credentialed teachers, assistant teachers, nurse, OT, O&M, teacher of the visually impaired, speech pathologist, clinical psychologist, social worker, family workers, parent mentor, development staff, director of finance, accountant, information systems coordinator, household, office staff.
Geographic area served: Los Angeles and surrounding counties.
Publications: Assorted booklets for professionals and parents.

Staff

Fernanda Armenta-Schmitt, Director of Education and Family Services, (323) 664-2153 310, fernanda@blindchildrenscenter.org
Lena French, Executive Director

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Vision assessments are conducted by our teacher of the visually impaired. Services and activities are determined by the team consisting of the teacher, O&M specialist, teacher of the visually impaired, occupational therapist, speech therapist, social worker, and the parent.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille and pre-braille is taught by the teacher of the visually impaired both individually and in the classroom setting. Traditional reading is taught to the children who are sighted or have minor impairment.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Weekly parent groups are provided in English and Spanish. Parent workshops are available for the community as scheduled. Contact the Center for specific information.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Computer skills are introduced at the preschool level. Proficiency is acquired as each child progresses through the program. As of September 2010, the Center offers services through Second Grade will be available. Adaptive technology is provided for all levels.
  • Counseling
    • Individual and group support services are available to families with the social worker or clinical psychologist.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Appropriate daily living skills are experienced on a regular basis. These may include self-feeding, crawling, walking, toileting, communication, appropriate play and independence.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides home-based and center-based programs and assessments for infants from birth-3 years and their families.

      Morning classes, in-home visits, and parent groups are available for children 0-3 and their families. The teachers and specialists work with service providers to identify specific needs, develop the IFSP, and provide appropriate services.
  • Education Services
    • Infant Program (0-3), Preschool (3-5), Kindergarten, First and Second Grade are specialized for the children in a full inclusion setting. Kindergarten through Second Grade follow the California State Curriculum. IFSPs and IEPs are developed with a full spectrum of specialists and the family. All children are eligible for the Afternoon Program as well.
  • Information and Referral
    • Parents and professionals worldwide request copies of our publications for information on working with a young child who is blind or visually impaired. Information is on our web site. The professional staff works closely with community resources and service providers.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The professional staff and specialists work with children and their parents to provide appropriate activities to stimulate the use of their functional vision.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers center-based program specific to blind/visually impaired children ages 3-5, including orientation and mobility, teacher for visually impaired, speech therapist, special early intervention teacher.

      Daily classes (M-F) are held for children 2-5 years of age. Each class has a specially trained teacher and assistant. Specialists, including teacher of the visually impaired, occupational therapists, speech and language specialist, orientation & mobility, music spcialist and the school nurse work with the children in the coaching model (within the classroom) and individually. Classes are limited to 6 children per class. Afternoon program available.

      All children are in an inclusive setting with peers their age and parents work with the staff to provide a full compliment of services.
  • Support for Parents
    • Group and individual support is available with family counselors, parent mentor, social worker, and licensed clinical psychologist. Groups are held weekly in English and Spanish. BCC professionals may attend doctor visits and other appointments with the families. Referrals for additional services are provided.

      Provides family support. Will assist parents to access appropriate services and receive information.
  • Support Groups
    • Families in the Infant Program schedule field trips, picnics, and activities in the community. Staff usually accompany them to provide support and modeling. Community partners meet at BCC for informational meetings with medical professionals, attorneys, and special educators.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • The orientation and mobility instructor provides individualized mobility training on the premises, at home, and in the community.

Events

5K Run/Walk

Ongoing Events/Programs

Infant Program
Educational Preschool Program
Kindergarten Program
First Grade Program
Parent Mentor Program

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