Charity of the week: Junior Blind of America
Junior Blind of America was founded 60 years ago to help children who are blind, visually impaired, or multidisabled.
Junior Blind of America (JuniorBlind.org) was founded 60 years ago to provide therapeutic recreational activities for children who are blind, visually impaired, or multidisabled, enabling them to lead more independent lives. At Camp Bloomfield, its 40-acre campground in California’s Santa Monica Mountains, trained counselors teach visually impaired kids to enjoy horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, music, and archery. Junior Blind also runs a school where specialists provide students with individualized lessons and help teens prepare for college. The organization’s Infant & Early Childhood Program provides parents with in-home support and teaches families to develop communication skills. Another program trains young adults to use assistive technology for computers so they can compete in today’s tech-driven job market.
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