"Sophia could have given up a long time ago. It's her fight, her determination, along with her incredible teachers that keeps her moving forward."
-Suzanne, Sophia's Mom
Sophia first arrived at Blind Children’s Learning Center in 2015 at age 4. Her battle with aggressive pediatric brain cancer robbed her of her vision and left her unable to speak, walk, or even tap her feet to music. All she could do was cry. Thanks to you, Sophia found hope at Blind Children’s Learning Center.
Now 8 years old, the determined and expressive Sophia just graduated from the Center. Suzanne describes her daughter’s progress as “mind-blowing.” She continues, “Without the generosity of donors, Sophia would not have had the opportunity to achieve goals that medical professionals said she may never accomplish. I’m forever grateful.”
Sophia never gave up. There are hundreds of families right now who can fight for a better future like Sophia, but they need your help. Your gift will make an immediate difference at critical moments in a young child’s life, with a payoff that lasts a lifetime.
Dear Friends of BCLC,
It is truly an honor and privilege to have been selected to serve as the President & Executive Director of the Blind Children's Learning Center. I look forward to leading the organization into its next phase of strategic growth and increasing BCLC's longstanding impact in our community.
Prior to joining BCLC, I was the Interim Executive Director at Global Genes, a rare disease patient advocacy organization where I oversaw significant organizational growth and the transition of executive leadership. Managing rapid growth in a global non-profit in the health care and technology sector has prepared me for my new role here at BCLC. These experiences will translate well to the community we serve and the staff that provides these services.
During my first few weeks at BCLC, I have had the opportunity to attend graduation, conduct an in depth planning session with the leadership team, engage with our very dedicated board members, meet some of our amazing families and students, and get to know several of our long-time supporters. Through these interactions, I am being informed about the rich history BCLC has had in our community and how we are going to be able to continue to support families with children who are visually impaired as the landscape of our community's needs and health care evolves.
Without the tireless support of our donors, board, volunteers and amazing staff since our founding 57 years ago, BCLC would not have been able to sustain the essential services we provide the community. I am grateful for that support and look forward to building-alongside you-this amazing organization to a "best in class" service provider for children with visual impairments in Orange County.
I am looking forward to a wonderful journey, growing and expanding our programs, funding, reach, and services to our children and families. Together we will continue to prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education and family support, with greater impact.
Blind Children's Learning Center