Blind Children’s Center

OUR MISSION: To prepare children who are visually impaired to thrive in a sighted world through inclusive, family-focused early intervention and child development programs.

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Our Philosophy

We are committed to a family-focused approach where parents, siblings, grandparents, and caregivers are included in the educational process every step of the way. In keeping with best practices, our programs are fully inclusive with sighted children integrated in each class, providing unique opportunities for social interaction and acquisition of critical skills.

SUCCESS STORIES

A young woman runs a marathon in a neon green tank top that reads

Emma’s Story: The Winner’s Circle

March, 2015 – When runner #10706 crossed the finish line at the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon, a 26.2 mile run brought an entire family’s story full circle. Her name is Emma Leitzinger and her t-shirt read Blind Children’s Center, representing the first school she attended. In many regards, Emma was no different from the other 25,000 runners on the course that day. Watching her race past with a long, natural stride, she seemed like a born runner.

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Nico, bright and social

March, 2014 – After a year of watching their second child develop, Irma Gomez and her husband Sergio noticed something was different in the way young Nicolas studied objects, toys, and other children. “He would lean in closer or put objects closer to his face than you’d expect,” Irma remembered. “At first, we thought it was just Nico’s unique way of learning and interacting, but soon, we realized something was wrong with his vision.”

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A visually impaired college-age woman puts her arm around the shoulders of a kindergarten boy with glasses as they do an activity on an iPad

The future is bright for center alumna

September, 2015 – Karen Arcos is a USC graduate and one of our most dedicated volunteers at the Center. She attended Blind Children’s Center from the age of six months through preschool.

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