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Blind Children's Learning Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Blind Children's Learning Center
18542-B Vanderlip Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 573-8888 (Local)
(714) 573-4944 (Fax)
http://www.blindkids.org

Brief Description

Blind Children's Learning Center provides direct services to blind, visually impaired and multi-impaired children, birth to 21 years of age. Core programs are Infant Family Focus, Early Childhood Center and Youth Outreach. Services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, O&M, braille instuction, counseling, technology, social groups, parent support and education.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 AM-5:30 PM.
Staff description: 55 full-time, uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Greater Orange County community.
Publications: Newsletter, Annual Report

Staff

Kathleen Beuhler, Executive Director, kathleen.buehler@blindkids.org
Aimiee Goulding, Director of Early Childhood Center, (714) 573-8888 110
Irene Takahashi, Director of Outreach, (714) 573-8888 124

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction as a direct service to the students we service. This includes instruction in reading and writing braille as well as making classroom adaptations in braille (labeling) and brailling classroom assignments.
  • Counseling
    • Counseling is continually available to blind and visually impaired children and their families at the Blind Children's Learning Center. famProvides social evaluation, psychological testing and evaluation and individual, group, family/parent, and couple counseling. Offers a mentoring program matching teens with preschoolers and a peer buddy program matching blind and visually impaired teens with sighted peers.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Once a week students, 12-21 years, get together to learn how to become more independent. Each month, a different skill is addressed and practiced repeatedly until the kids are able to successfully complete the task. Skills such as cooking, laundry, shopping and hygiene are just some of the activities that will be addressed.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Infant Family Focus serves babies, birth through three years of age, and their families in the security and comfort of their home. Infant development specialists make home visits to lend support to parents, helping them bond with their baby through means other than sight. An individualized program of sensorimotor activities and communication skills is introduced to strengthen body awareness, spatial orientation, environmental exploration and social interaction. Referrals to occupational and physical therapists, speech and hearing specialists, counseling and medical professionals, and appropriate community resources are made as needed.
  • Education Services
    • Credentialed teachers work with visually impaired and blind students providing vision assessments, participation in students Individual Educational Plan (IEP), direct service instruction including braille and computer skills, adapting materials, ordering large print, braille materials, books on tape and CDs and assistive devices such as an abacus and closed circuit television. The services our teachers provide are based upon the student's IEP goals and objectives.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Provides training in the use of low vision devices.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Our Early Childhood Center is a state accredited preschool program. Preschoolers' social skills and knowledge blossom through a curriculum which includes: weekly field trips, orientation & mobility, music, computer skills, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language, pre-braille and pre-academic activities.
  • Support for Parents
    • Family Visions, a parent support group, meets monthly to discuss the unique needs of their children. Has a Parent to Parent Program in which parents are paired through a coordinator considering similarities of culture, diagnosis and school districts when appropriate. Mentors provide listening access to community resources and advocacy to parent mentees.
  • Support Groups
    • The mentoring program pairs younger visually impaired children with a blind or visually impaired older child.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • O&M specialists instruct blind and visually impaired students in safe and efficient independent travel skills as well as various daily living skills.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consulting services to schools for K-12, itinerant teaching, orientation and mobility counseling, teacher consultation and assessment.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers computer training for instructors.
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