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Junior Blind of America - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Junior Blind of America
5300 Angeles Vista Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 295-4555 (Local)
(323) 296-0424 (Fax)
(800) 352-2290 (Toll-Free)
info@juniorblind.org
http://www.juniorblind.org

Brief Description

Founded in 1953, Junior Blind of America's mission is helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired, or multi-disabled achieve independence.

Based in Los Angeles, Junior Blind offer specialized services for thousands of infants, children, teens, and adults from throughout California and across the country. Through programs that offer early intervention therapy, education, recreation, and rehabilitation, children and adults learn essential skills to help them maximize their potential and achieve their goals.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.(Administrative Offices).
Clients served on average per year: 19,000
Number of staff: 500
Geographic area served: Primarily California, but serves entire U.S. and international.
Publications: Annual Report, Independence Newsletter, and Perspectives Newsletter

Locations

Junior Blind of America, Northern & Central CA and Blind Babies Foundation
2381 Mariner Square Drive
Suite 275
Alameda, CA 94501

The Hatlen Center, a Program of Junior Blind
2430 Road 20, #B112
San Pablo, CA 94806-5006

Camp Bloomfield
35375 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Staff

Jay Allen, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, jallen@juniorblind.org
Miki Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer, mjordan@juniorblind.org
Pat Maffei, Executive Director of Northern & Central California Programs
Donald Ouimet, Chief Program Officer, douimet@juniorblind.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides speakers to educate on issues affecting blind/visually impaired persons to the community.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer training in the following areas:
  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluation, psychological testing and evaluation and individual, group, and family/parent counseling. Refers and provides consultation to other agencies for counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in activities for daily living, remedial education, home management, sensory communication and training, use of low vision devices, electronic travel devices computer and technology training . Offers state-certified non-public school and residential living program for children and youth. Accepts students who are emotionally disturbed, learning-disabled, mentally retarded, orthopedically disabled. Other multiply-disabled blind persons taught according to ability level. Provides training in skills for daily living and in specific issues of the diabetic elderly who are blind or visually impaired. Full training in computer education and adaptive technology.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides prevocational evaluation, career counseling and training, occupational skill development.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains library with talking book records, braille books, large-print books, recorded magazines on site.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Upon entering a program, all students and residents are assessed in many areas, including vision, orientation and mobility, adaptive computers, independent living, behavior, social interaction and communication. Based on the assessment, goals are set, which are continually evaluated to help ensure optimal growth and development. Junior Blind also provides vision screenings and referrals to preschool and elementary school for children throughout the community.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille and reading instruction are offered through Junior Blind's Davidson Program for Independence. Junior Blind's Infant-Family Program, Special Education School and Children's Residential Program encourage literacy through tactile books.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Holds the Junior Blind's Open House Professional Development Day, an informative opportunity for industry experts and professionals, and the Family Resource Day for parents, families and students to learn about the latest educational, medical and emotional support offerings for their children.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Computer training using the most current and innovative adaptive technology is offered to youth and adults of Junior Blind's Davidson Program for Independence, Student Transition & Enrichment Program and Veterans Program. Students learn skills to become proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, navigating the Internet, using e-mail and other programs.
  • Counseling
    • Counseling services are available to all students and family members and are tailored to fit the need of each unique situation. Support groups are scheduled as part of the Infant-Family Program, Children's Residential Program and Family Camp Sessions at Camp Bloomfield. Additionally, therapy with a licensed psychiatrist is made available as part of the comprehensive services offered by Junior Blind's Children's Residential Program.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Daily living skills are an intricate part of all Junior Blind's programs for children, teens and adults. In the Special Education School, Children's Residential Program, Student Transition & Enrichment and Davidson Program for Independence, students learn essential skills based on their independence level. These skills include bathing, eating, grooming, dressing, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning and money management.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Junior Blind's Infant-Family Program offers extensive in-home early intervention therapy and services for infants from birth to three years old, as well as transitional support services for children ages 3 through 5 years old. Infant-Family Specialists provide vision and development therapy for infants who are blind or visually impaired and have multiple disabilities, and advocacy training and counseling for their families. The program also offers support to supplement less-tailored services implemented in public preschools and helps eliminate the potential loss of developmental gains that can occur with the discontinuation of therapy. The program is also closely connected with physicians, therapists, educators and service coordinators to help ensure that a comprehensive support network is available to infants and families.
  • Education Services
    • Junior Blind's Special Education School is a state-certified, non-public school designed to meet the unique needs of children, ages 3 to 21, who are blind or visually impaired, and/or have one or more disabilities. A specialized curriculum is created and implemented based on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each child.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Junior Blind's Davidson Program for Independence and Student Transition & Enrichment Program provide teens and adults with vocational training to prepare students for successful transition to college or employment. Students learn adaptive computer skills, resume writing, interviewing skills and more.
  • Information and Referral
    • All of Junior Blind's Programs are closely connected with physicians, therapists, educators and service coordinators to help ensure a comprehensive support network is available to our infants and families.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Junior Blind provides vision screenings and makes referrals to ophthamologists when needed. In certain circumstances Junior Blind will help pay for eyeglasses and follow-up care.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Junior Blind's Special Education School is certified by the State of California as a non-public school and offers individualized instruction for students, ages 3-21, who are blind, visually impaired and/or have one or more disabilities. Through individualized educational programming, students are empowered to participate actively in community life, develop a positive self-image, and experience success in a sighted world.
  • Recreation Services
    • Junior Blind of America’s Camp Bloomfield provides children and youth who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled with a natural and safe environment to develop self-esteem, build independence and fully experience the joys of childhood. Various week-long camp sessions offer rock wall climbing, horseback riding, swimming, archery, arts and crafts and more.

      Junior Blind's Visions: Adventures in Learning program provides empowering, life-changing recreational experiences for teens who are blind or visually impaired through exciting and challenging three-day learning adventures. The Visions program helps teens prepare for independent living by challenging them to overcome physical and emotional obstacles that would be daunting to anyone. Along the way, they learn the power of teamwork, confidence, trust, and leadership. Past adventures have included whitewater rafting, hiking through the Grand Canyon, rock climbing in Yosemite and snowboarding.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Junior Blind of America’s Camp Bloomfield provides children and youth who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled with a natural and safe environment to develop self-esteem, build independence and fully experience the joys of childhood. This 40-acre campground nestled in the hills of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu offers various week-long camp sessions free of charge for children of all ages and disabilities, as well as special sessions that invite the entire family. Integrating children who are blind with those who are sighted, Junior Blind of America’s After School Enrichment Program provides a safe, fun and educational environment where children can spend school-day afternoons learning from each other and enjoying physical activities.
  • Support for Parents
    • Support groups are scheduled as part of the Infant-Family Program, Children's Residential Program and Family Camp Sessions at Camp Bloomfield. Additionally, therapy with a licensed psychiatrist is made available as part of the comprehensive services offered by Junior Blind's Children's Residential Program.
  • Support Groups
    • Support groups are scheduled as part of the Infant-Family Program, Children's Residential Program and Family Camp Sessions at Camp Bloomfield. Additionally, therapy with a licensed psychiatrist is made available as part of the comprehensive services offered by Junior Blind's Children's Residential Program.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Students of all Junior Blind's programs receive orientation and mobility training, including white cane skills, crossing streets and using public transportation.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation/technical assistance to other agencies on educational, recreational, vocational, rehabilitative issues of children, and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Early Childhood Program
Infant-Family Program
Children’s Residential Program
Student Transition & Enrichment Program
Davidson Program for Independence
Junior High Camp

Affiliates

Blind Babies Foundation, A Program of Junior Blind

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