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The Center for the Partially Sighted

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Rehabilitative Care, Specifically Named Diseases

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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?



Rating: 5

The CPS is an amazing facility. Founded by Samuel M. Genensky, PhD, (my late husband), I continually am impressed with the help given to those who are visually impaired. I have sign language skills and am frequently called upon to interpret for the Deaf/blind/visually impaired patient. The kindness, care, dedication and understanding of all the staff is wonderful to see. I have seen the Center grow from a very small operation to one where now every conceivable visual aid is available to all who need specific help with their vision. The optometrists specialize in low vision are first class, and the College of Optometry sends students to intern at the facility.