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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Children flexed their literacy skills, creating stories and practicing rhyming words with tactile letters and Braille. One student Brailled an imaginative story about an amusement park that comes to life. Her Braille-proficient friends loved it so much she had to keep typing to continue the story!
Summer Camp culminated to an exciting day of paddling in canoes and swimming with the Makapo Aquatics Project. Campers had a blast participating in a sport that is completely accessible to people who are sighted, visually impaired, or blind!
I’m grateful to everyone who invested in my future. Thank you for making sure I could dream. Now, an anonymous donor has pledged a matching gift challenge so that more children have the opportunity to dream.
You can fulfill twice the dreams by donating today. So that every child can dream when they return to school this fall, an anonymous donor is challenging you to support by matching all gifts up to $2,500 — dollar for dollar — until Thursday, August 23.
I got a strong start in life at Blind Children’s Learning Center with access to special equipment, technology, and teachers who understood my needs and unique gifts. Your support will help children get the same strong start in life.
Because of my strong foundation, I dream of singing on Broadway and producing my own shows. Please give today so more kids — kids like me — can dream.
We can do so much when you believe in us.
Many children will continue building a strong foundation for independence at Blind Children's Learning Center in the fall. Children can now attend Blind Children's Learning Center through second grade thanks to the recent expansion of the on-site Bright Visions Early Childhood Center program. Other children will transition to public school classrooms, where credentialed Teachers of the Visually Impaired and an Orientation & Mobility specialist will continue to support their education and navigation needs.
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Blind Children's Learning Center thanks the following groups and individuals for making graduation extra special this year:
I am dedicating my first week at BCLC to speaking with staff and learning from both their experience and passion. I have come to better understand how our Center provides a sense of comfort and direction for families in need, while at the same time providing our children with the essential services to guide them towards independence. It is this understanding, along with witnessing the milestones they conquer, that will better prepare me to serve this special organization.
I want to thank this compassionate community of supporters, volunteers, collaborative partners, and community leaders for helping sustain the essential programs of BCLC. With your help, I look forward to extending both the reach and funding of Blind Children's Learning Center, while protecting the very qualities that make it so special. Together we will prepare children with visual impairments for a healthy, happy and independent future.