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Junior Blind of America

Rating: 4.93 stars   43 reviews 2,348

Address:

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd Los Angeles CA 90043 USA

Mission:

Founded in 1953 originally as the Foundation for the Junior Blind, Junior Blind of America's ("Junior Blind") mission is helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired, or multi-disabled to achieve independence. Through programs that offer early intervention, education, recreation, and rehabilitation, Junior Blind helps thousands of infants, children, teens and adults learn essential skills to help them maximize their potential and achieve their goals.

Programs:

Children's residential program - historically, junior blind's children's residential program serves as a home for 40 multi-disabled blind children, ages five to 21, whose severe special needs had proven to great for their families or caregivers. But, following a recent change in federal law mandating that all regional center-referred children move to smaller, single-family home settings, junior blind began strategizing ways to comply with this legislation, while continuing to serve children need through our on-campus, medically-supported residential building. Junior blind took this opportunity to fill a critical niche, and now uses its children's residential program facility to serve foster youth who are medically fragile, referred to junior blind by the department of children and family services, whose medical and emotional needs are not adequately being met by their biological or even foster families. Our children's residential program served 63 residents during the year. 80 percent of these residents demonstrated an increase in their educational performance and/or school attendance and 80 percent achieved at least 4 out of 5 of their individualized service plan goals.

group home residential program - in response to the aforementioned changes in federal mandates regarding regional center residential placements of individuals with moderate-to-severe disabilities, junior blind opened six group homes. Each single-family home houses up to six children or six young adults who are multi-disabled, offering them round the clock care. All of our group homes are conveniently located in our south los angeles neighborhood so that they are near enough to junior blind that young residents can benefit from attending our special education school and all residents may make use of our recreational facilities. The group homes residential program served 33 residents during the year. Further, residents will be close enough to campus to access our fully staffed 24-hour medical center in case of an emergency. Since moving to a home setting, 81 percent of residents demonstrated improved communication skills and a reduction in their negative behaviors.

special education school - junior blind's special education school offers children and youth, ages five to 21, who are visually impaired and/or have multiple disabilities a safe and positive environment for learning and growth. Teachers work with students to develop their communication, mobility and independent living skills. In the past year, our special education school served 54 children. Of these, 84 percent met their individualized goals in independent living skills and 82 met their goal in improved social interaction and behavior.

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Reviews for Junior Blind of America

Rating: 5 stars  

Junior Blind has given my daughter years of independent experiences! That's her personal goal for life, to be an independent person. Junior Blind offers exceptional opportunities for blind individuals of all ages to experience the same things their sighted peers do with some assistance. They understand the person as a whole and seek to enrich their lives. Junior Blind is amazing!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

From Vincent perez I stayed at the campus this summer. I learned how to use a cane, a stove, and prepare for an interview for a job. I appreciate the help huys.

 
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My family has been involved with the Junior Blind of America for more than 50 years, beginning with my father, Sheldon Pollack and his close association with Norm Kaplan. Now a senior citizen myself, I was involved as a teenager volunteer, my older brother was a live-in counselor at the Los Angeles campus, my children were Camp Bloomfield campers and counselors, and this week my grandchild participated and reported that her experience as a Buddy Camper was "awesome," and that she wants to do this every year, and ultimately be a counselor at the Junior Blind of America herself!
I so appreciate the Junior Blind of America and all the great work they do in the community, and their caring and compassionate staff.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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I am a pre-optometry student who is interested in helping those that are visually impaired/blind. I heard about Junior Blind through a coworker and she recommended that I volunteer for the organization. She raved about her experience at Camp Bloomfield and from that I decided to do some research about the organization that helps set it up. Unfortunately I am not able to volunteer at Camp Bloomfield but knowing that Junior Blind is there to help children and adults gain confidence and gain lifelong friends shows that I am volunteering for a company that gives back. I am currently volunteering at the office in Los Angeles and everyone here is so welcoming. The work that I have been doing here just shows me that Junior Blind goes out of their way to make sure events runs smoothly for participants and that everyone has a blast while at it! Thank you Junior Blind for allowing me to be a part of an incredible organization!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for Camp Bloomfield many years ago. It was one of the greatest summers of my life! The campers were awesome, and so were my fellow counselors. I was a counselor the first week, then returned as a horseback counselor. Norman was wonderful, and so were the Freemans! I learned as much from the campers as they did from me! It is a fantastic camp! I was there in 1980, I believe. I would love to spend another summer there!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I worked this summer as a camp counselor at Camp Bloomfield. I was a big part of the children's day, and got to be witness to them become more autonomous. I loved assisting the kids in the cabin and really inject my help with them becoming more self-reliant in their simple daily activities. This camp offers opportunities for growth like you wouldn't believe. Even, I, an adult counselor took away lessons and wisdom from the fellow staff members, families, and children.

 
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In the past three summers I have learned so much from working at Camp Bloomfield. I have worked as a camp counselor and have seen campers start the week scaried and unsure of themselves blossom into independent and self reliant individuals by the end. I would not want to change my time with Camp Bloomfield for the world.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Working over the summer at the camp programme they have was an incredible experience seeing the children and adults enjoy the sessions and activities that were organised for them. Learning about each individual for the time they stayed with us was fantastic and having a programme where they could come and enjoy their experience in a place surrounded by people who have experienced similar things they have, is a brilliant thing to have been a part of. If it wasn't for JBA they wouldn't have had this chance and I wouldn't have had the incredible summer that I had meeting some really caring, genuine people. I am very happy to have wen apart of working for them and believe they do a fantastic job!

 
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I've worked at Junior Blind for 8 years and it is very beneficial. I've experienced many different roles there and learned so many different things every time. I am very grateful that they gave me every opportunity to help

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Junior Blind brings people together from every corner of the world and gives them a chance to share such an amazing experience. I worked as a camp counselor at Camp Bloomfield and it was a privilege meeting all of the campers. Camp is place where people can be completely themselves and be exactly who they want to be. As staff, I got to see the campers grow and develop while having fun. The people I met definitely made an impact in my life, and I can only hope I did the same in return. From a personal standpoint , Junior Blind has led me to some of my closest friends. I feel so lucky to be part of such a unique organization!

 
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