Junior Blind's Infant & Early Childhood Program provides a wide range of services for children, birth to 6 years, with visual impairments and other disabilities. A key component of these services is helping families gain the knowledge to become successful advocates for their child's education and care.
Serving infants from birth to age 3, these in-home services are designed to help increase visual functioning, sensory awareness, communication and social skills, as well as improve physical, cognitive and emotional development.
Serving children ages 3-6 and their families, these services provide essential support to help children successfully transition into the special education public school system and maximize their developmental progress.
Our specialists are trained to work with children who have all types of visual impairments and disabilities. Since a formal diagnosis can be difficult to make for visual impairment in infants and toddlers, it is not required. If a child exhibits any sign of visual impairment, we will help conduct assessments and make referrals to professionals who can make a formal diagnosis.
Highly experienced and educated in the field, our Infant & Early Childhood Program Specialists hold a bachelor's or master's degree in early childhood special education, low-incidence disabilities, child development or related fields and have extensive training in visual impairment and assessment. Services are offered in English, Spanish and Tagalog.
Our programs are also closely connected with physicians, therapists, educators and service coordinators to help ensure a comprehensive support network is available to our children and their families.
We serve hundreds of children and their family members in Central and Southern California.
A child may be referred to our Infant & Early Childhood Program by a family member, healthcare or blindness professional, Regional Center or school district. Please click here for information on referring a client from a Regional Center.