The Center for the Partially Sighted

Rating: 4.87 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 6101 W. Centinela Suite 150 Culver City CA 90230 USA

Mission: Established in 1978 by Samuel M. Genensky, Ph.D., The Center for the Partially Sighted is nationally renowned for its programs in low vision care and has continued its dedication to helping partially sighted individuals maximize the use of any remaining vision. As a result of the skills we teach and the special optical and non-optical devices we prescribe, our vision impaired clients of all ages are able to live independently within mainstream society. Our future program plans include expanding our services throughout Southern California.
Target demographics: children and adults -- ages 3 months to over 100 years!
Direct beneficiaries per year: We directly serve over 2800 individual clients per year.
Geographic areas served: We serve Los Angeles County and the six surrounding counties.
Programs: The Center's program includes: Low Vision optometric evaluation and individually prescribed low vision devices to enhance remaining vision; Independent Living Skills training teaches adaptive techniques for cooking , grooming, organizing, and communicating; Orientation and Mobility instruction teaches travel skills so that people can move about safely; The Center's counseling programs assist individuals to cope with the emotional distress brought on by a significant loss of eyesight; and, Social Service referrals help clients find needed resources within their communities. The Center has also developed the specialty programs of: Diabetes and Vision Loss Program; Pediatric Low Vision and Family Resource Programs; Assistive Technology demonstrations and training. Each year we serve 2,500 individuals and their families and offer public and professional education programs that reach nearly 10,000 individuals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A wonderful organization that does a lot with a little. My vision is compromised which is one of the reasons I decided to volunteer for this particular non-profit. I don't need their services yet, or maybe I never will, but I see what a life-changing difference CPS does make in the lives of those who would be dependent on others if not for this organization. Can you imagine what YOUR life would be like if had low vision and no where to turn for help?

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

CPS is an essential resource for patients with impaired vision. For over 25 years I've referred patients to the center. They've provided compassionate and competent care.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Due to my Retinitis Pigmentosa, I always had trouble getting a good prescription for my glasses. At CPS, the doctors patiently spent time with me to find the best prescription. They also helped me learn how to customize my computer to meet my needs, and provided assistive devices to help me in reading which is my favorite pastime.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love my new glasses! How excited I am to be able to see clearly again. Your skilled staff are all so gracious. I feel so indebted to them all.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to the low vision center and had a wonderful exam and they were all very pleasant and helpful. I now have a maginfier that does wonders for me to be able to read. They showed me many items trying to improve my sight. I do thank each one for helping me and getting me to where I can read things again. You need to check out this center and see if they can help you. I would recommoed this to everyone. and to have my daughter Deidre Strohm so excited about helping and raising money to help this institute makes me proud.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We had questions about my son's vision, the center for the partially sighted not only cleared up our questions but they gave us many resources and activities to assist my son. They have also provided activities for the whole family to participate in. We thank them very much!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am forever indebted to the Center for the Partially Sighted. Thanks to their help and wonderful support I learned how to live on my own. They taught me incredible independent living skills along with mobility training. I also received amazing psychological support that allowed me to make the very best out of my situation. I highly recommend their services to anyone who may have a visual impairment.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for the Parially Sighted has been helping people for many decades. I have personally heard stories from people who have stated that the services of the Center has had a huge impact on improving their lives. The Center has had an impact on people across generations. Staff who work at the Center are warm and committed to trying to make a difference in those who use their services.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

As founding Chairman of the Board and Chairman for 25 years I am proud of the growing importance of The Center over the years. Sam Genensky,the founder and former CEO, and LaDonna Ringering the present CEO, have done a fabulous job in growing the number of clients over the years by stressing the results the Center provided to people who thought they were gonig blind and learned there are ways to curb the loss of vision so independent living can be continued.

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Likely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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2 people found this review helpful

Anyone encountering the founder would have known they were in the presence of an unusual person. When I met him he wore a binoculars around his neck. His Ph.D., Master's and other educational accomplishments were accomplished reading one letter at a time usually by placing his eyeball close to the written item. But his greatest creation was his helping hand to others who had some sight. (He could distinguish light and dark, and that led to knowing which letter his eye was upon.) By focusing on a facility where optical professionals could donate their time and serve the people with some sight, Sam Genensky built an enduring legacy. This organization makes accessible a wide range of assisting devices including the video based system his friends and fellow researchers built for him so he could more efficiently view each letter. People gain visual functionality through the services the center provides. We all benefit from the lobbying efforts and laws (due to Sam California law requires a triangle for male, and a circle for female restroom doors), and the way many in the community can help those who while not blind, have very restricted visual ability.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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