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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

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Stuart S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CPS is an organization like no other that helps people with impaired vision lead a full and productive life. Vision loss affects people of any age from all walks of life and CPS is there to help. As a practicing ophthalmologist it is fantastic to have a place like The Center to refer my patients. As a board member it is so important to me that we increase the public awareness of the unique services and programs that are offered through The Center so we can reach those people that need our help. If you or someone you know is suffering from vision impairment please contact us to see how The Center can make a difference.