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Center for the Partially Sighted - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Center for the Partially Sighted
6101 W. Centinela Avenue
Suite 150
Culver City, CA 90030
(310) 988-1970 (Local)
(310) 576-2749 (Fax)
info@low-vision.org
http://www.low-vision.org

Brief Description

The Center for the Partially Sighted provides comprehensive low vision care for children and adults with impaired sight by a team of professionals who specialize in low vision. For over 30 years, our optometrists, therapists, and rehabilitation instructors have worked together to ensure that our clients have the tools and the training needed to live independently. Services are also provided in Torrance and in San Luis Obispo.

The Center is a participating provider of Medical and Medi-Care and the California Department of Rehabilitation. Many services, such as support groups, independent living services, and orientation and mobility, are free to our clients.

The staff offers a nationally-recognized model of low vision care, insuring the best chance of regaining your independence.

The Center's Children's Program is devoted exclusively to helping children with unique vision problems, including those with diagnosed and undiagnosed eye diseases, visual processing problems, legally blind children with remaining sight and children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities. The Center's pediatric optometrists provide a variety of diagnostic assessments and can evaluate even the non-verbal child. Low vision examinations include assessing environmental considerations such as lighting, distance, contrast and best visual fields. The functional low vision report provided includes degree of functional vision, visual acuity and suggestions on how to encourage children to use their remaining vision.

The Family Resource Project offers free ongoing information and support to families, including resource and referral, counseling and collaboration with the child's teachers, and therapists.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2,400
Number of staff: 34
Staff description: Low vision optometrists, psychologists, rehabilitation instructors.
Geographic area served: Southern California
Publications: Supporting Your Loved One: A Guide for Families and Friends of People with Impaired Sight; Developing Your Child's Vision: A Guide for Parents of Infants and Toddlers with Vision Impairment (English and Spanish editions); Sightlines (large-print client newsletter), Eye Witness (newsletter for donors and friends); store catalog.

Locations

S.F. Valley Office/North Los Angeles
18425 Burbank Boulevard
Suite 706
Tarzana, CA 91356

Staff

Phyllis Amaral, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services, (310) 458-3501 150, pamaral@low-vision.org
Anita Arakawa, M.S., CVRT, Director of Rehabilitation Services, (310) 458-3501 138, AnitaA@low-vision.org
Gary Asano, O.D., F.A.A.O., Low Vision Optometrist, (310) 458-3501 117
Brett Nagatani, O.D., Low Vision Optometrist, (310) 458-3501 X 109
Trang Nguyen, O.D., F.A.A.O., Coordinator, Adaptive Technology, (310) 458-3501 229
LaDonna Ringering, Ph.D, President/CEO, (310) 458-3501 137, lringering@low-vision.org
Tori Schladen, M.A., Family Resource Project Coordinator, (310) 458-3501 171
Angela Shihady, O.D., Low Vision Optometrist, (818) 705-5954, ashihady@low-vision.org
Bill Takeshita, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D., Director of Optometric Services, (310) 458-3501 367
Pam Thompson, Ph.D., Coordinator of Psychological Services, (310) 458-3501 146

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Low vision store carries magnifiers, talking clocks and watches, large-print games, various independent living and low vision devices. Products for sale on site.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Center staff demonstrate a range of adaptive technolgy and computer programs to meet the needs of clients.
  • Counseling
    • Provides psychological evaluations and therapy by licensed clinical psychologists, support groups and peer counseling. Also offers diabetes management training and support groups and refers clients for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Low vision rehabilitation specialists provides training in independent living skills and in the use of low vision devices and adaptive techniques for people with diabetes in home settings. Staff refer for other rehabilitation services.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Refers for employment-oriented services. Special program allows optometrists to make recommendations for working adults who need workplace modification due to vision loss.
  • Information and Referral
    • Staff refers for local services, such as transportation services, home meal delivery, newspaper reading programs, large-print or taped books.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Doctors trained in low vision provide functional vision assessments, design and prescribe low vision devices and demonstrate technology to help individuals meet their visual goals.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers limited recreational program for clients. Refers for other recreational/leisure services.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Provides the tools and the training to help older adults maintain their independence. Comprehensive set of services address all issues of cencern to older adults with impaired sight.
  • Support Groups
    • Support groups include older adults group, macular degeneration group, diabetes support groups, working-age adult group.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Low vision mobility specialists provide orientation and mobility training at the client's home and/or workplace.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Low vision optometrists provide functional vision assessments to determine a child's degree of functional vision, including eye-hand coordination, visual processing skills, eye movement skills and depth perception. Environmental considerations such as lighting, contrast and visual fields are assessed. They can determine whether eyeglasses will improve a child's vision and performance and they can design custom frames for the child with special needs. Technology and computers may be useful tools for students, who can try various adaptive technologies and software programs specifically designed for students with visual impairments. CPS will help match the most appropriate devices to the needs of the student.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Center staff demonstrate a range of adaptive technolgy and computer programs to meet the needs of clients.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides early intervention services for children with impaired sight and for those with unique vision problems.
  • Support for Parents
    • Family Resource Project offers ongoing resources and referrals, education, advocacy, and support for parents and children in our program. Services offered in Spanish and English.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Provides in-service training and workshops on low vision. Offers optometric residency and internship/fieldwork placement in rehabilitation training, low vision, optometry to professionals from other agencies.
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