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Institute for Families - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Institute for Families
1300 N. Vermont Avenue
Suite 1004
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 361-4649 (Local)
(323) 361-7869 (Fax)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Staff description: 2 social workers, one administrator.
Geographic area served: Unlimited.
Publications: Booklets and videotapes on topics associated with visual impairment.


Elva Tamashiro, Director

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Counseling
    • Provides support for families of children with visual impairments.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referrals if necessary.

Services for Children

  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling and support to families facing the devastating diagnosis of visual impairment in their child.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers assistance for families in locating appropriate infant care programs, school settings, learning aids, and much more through a resource and referral network available to families and professionals internationally.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training for health care workers.
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