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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with junior blind of America to help blind and visually impaired children and adults to become independent and confident people for society. Camp Bloomfield is a perfect way to let that happen

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Junior Blind has been a tremendous experience for children who are visually impaired. They provide opportunities for children to be treated just like anyone else their age. They challenge the children for the better and it brings out potential some people may have never know their child was capable of.

This non-profit is genuine and makes a difference for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Blind has given me some of the most rewarding experiences of my life as a volunteer/camp staff. It's really incredible to watch the kids grow and become more independent with the help of Junior Blind's programs, Camp Bloomfield especially. They've truly created a space that's nothing short of encouraging, thrilling and inclusive!

Donor

Rating: 5

A great place with a great mission! Junior Blind serves people with needs that can't be met anywhere else.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Junior Blind for over six years and continue to be inspired by the organization and their members. There are so many amazing programs and events, but if you've never been to the annual Junior Blind Olympics, do yourself a favor and experience it for yourself! I promise you will be inspired by the athletes' enthusiasm and passion.

There are always a ton of incredible causes and services taking place on Junior Blind's campus. You can tell the staff cares deeply, and they are extremely dedicated and genuine... it's always a joy to spend time at Junior Blind!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Blind is a wonderful organization , helping children and adults grow and adapt to the challenges faced with Visual impairment. I have enjoyed many years of volunteering, and the joy I feel by helping just a little ,keeps me coming back for more. The professional staff and employees make every event enjoyable for all involved. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to future events.

Catherine G H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family started going here after my younger sister lost her vision. In a way we thought that he whole experience was going to exclude our family from the world. But it didn't. It showed us a new world much more beautiful. The type of work you feel with your eyes closed. We became closer to other families just when we thought we were alone. I was 13 at the time and now at 28 I'm thankful that even my own kids get to go here and learn about new things that their aunt Brittney has offered because of her blindness. I don't see it as a negative thing anymore. It's brought much more smiles than it ever did tears.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Junior Blind of America is an awesome organization, they provide and invaluable service for people with visual impairments. My family has benefited from early intervention vision therapy services, community activities, and we have greatly enjoyed Camp Bloomfield. The staff is kind, welcoming and supportive.

Roberta20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has been going here for the last 4 years and it has had such an amazing impact on his life .. He has friends he only sees once or twice a year but they pick up exactly where they left off ...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

You have showed my son that he is capable of doing anything on his own ... And given him the courage to try nomatter what ...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Junior Blind of America has a life long impact in my life. JBA has taught me priceless lessons that I can use in the adult world. JBA has made me a more confident and independent individual, something I can not thank them enough for.

Kassidee Kilsdonk R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has more than benefited from Junior Blind. He is now 14 and has been attending programs sponsored by Junior Blind since he was 9. Every time he attends camp or goes on a Vision trip, he comes back more confident and independent. Junior Blind is able to connect and teach him in a way that I and his team of therapists are not. Plus all of the friends he makes through Junior Blind are going to be lifelong. At Junior Blind, my son is just a kid like everyone else. His disability isn't an excuse at Junior Blind, it's just something to work around.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of touring the Junior Blind School and Camp Bloomfield. No one was in the school at the time, but it impressed me because their facility was well taken care of and had so many classrooms to teach the students beyond what I thought would be possible for independent living.
I was able to tour Camp Bloomfield during a camp session. It was so great to see how well the counselers interacted with the campers. It means so much that a lot of the campers come back year after year and some even come back to be a counseler. Some of the activities at Camp Bloomfield include, horse back riding, rock wall climbing, archery, and zip lining. I walked out of my tour so happy to see these kids getting to do some really great things and having such a good time. The counselers and directors of this program left such a wonderful impact on me I am honored to have had the opportunity to visit for the afternoon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Junior Blind is one of the greatest non-profits for children who are visually impaired and/or multiply disabled. Junior Blond offers many different programs to help the visually disabled gain more independence and I have seen what they have done for my brother now and what they have also done for my parents many years back. I fully believe that it because of this great nonprofit, that my parents and brother have as much independence as me or my others siblings.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This summer I completed my internship at Camp Bloomfield and I honestly couldn't have picked a better place to be! From the counselors to the campers to the activities we ran, there was always nonstop fun, inclusion, and most importantly, teaching children and teens how to be independent in their day-to-day activities. If I could recommend a camp for anyone to work for, it would definitely be Camp Bloomfield.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Junior Blind does such an amazing job for so many. I'm proud to sponsor them any chance I get. They make a big difference in people's life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Former staff

Rating: 5

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!