Visual impairments place children at severe risk of delayed development in almost all aspects of their life -- including physical, social, emotional, adaptive, cognitive and communications areas -- which is why program provides critical interventions from the very earliest phases of a child’s life.
“Johnson & Johnson recognizes that sight is a precious sense, and that’s what motivates us to help improve and restore sight for more patients around the globe,” said Raymond Kong, Regional Vice President, Commercial Americas, Surgical, Johnson & Johnson Vision. “We are so pleased to support this program, as we have seen first-hand the incredible impact the Center can have through the experiences of one of our own employees, whose daughter is a student at the Center.” Johnson & Johnson Vision will deliver support to the BCLC’s Global Infant Development Program through its surgical vision operating company, Abbott Medical Optics Inc.
Children Receive Customized Support
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the cost of raising a child with special needs is approximately four times greater than a typically developing child, making it important to provide services to at-need children and their families at low to no cost. Nearly all of the Center’s students are from low- to moderate-income families.
“The generous charitable contribution from Johnson & Johnson Vision will enable us to support an estimated 70 children and their families through our Global Infant Development Program, allowing us to extend our essential early intervention services to even more local infants and toddlers,” said Irene Takahashi, BCLC’s Director of Outreach.
About Johnson & Johnson Vision
Johnson & Johnson Vision is committed to improving and restoring sight for patients worldwide. Since debuting the world's first disposable soft contact lens in 1987, it has been helping patients see better through the world-leading ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses portfolio. In 2017, Johnson & Johnson invested further in eye health by expanding into cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery (LASIK) and consumer eye health. Serving more than 60 million patients a day across 103 countries, Johnson & Johnson Vision is committed to helping more people in more places improve or restore their sight. Dual headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and Santa Ana, California, Johnson & Johnson Vision has more than 8,400 employees worldwide.
“When we first got the diagnosis, the doctor told us not to save for college,” said Eleazar, the twin’s father.
To receive such a devastating prognosis was disheartening, but Ethan’s parents found hope at Blind Children’s Learning Center.
Ethan returns to Blind Children's Learning Center in just one week, along with other children with visual impairments. Program fees cover only 40% of the actual cost to provide specialized services critically needed for these children to reach their full potential.
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