Educational Institutions

Blind Children's Learning Center of Orange County

Santa Ana, CA

Mission

To prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education and family support.

Ruling Year

1964

Interim President / Executive Director

Carina Morris

Main Address

18542-B Vanderlip Avenue

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA

Keywords

BCLC, blind/visually impaired centers, blind services, education for blind children, deaf-blind services

EIN

95-6097023

 Number

4950757981

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

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Our programs

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Our Results

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Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

People with disabilities

Number of family members participating in school activities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Caregivers,

Parents

Number of children screened for autism and other developmental delays

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

People with disabilities

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Percentage of students who demonstrate developmental progress in key domains as measured by evidence based assessment tools.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

People with disabilities

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Organization goals for the upcoming year include:

- Increase cash contributions by 10% through individual giving, corporate sponsorships, and foundation grants.

- Increase outreach and marketing efforts to provide early intervention for 20% more visually impaired children immediately following their diagnosis.

- Implement a new three-year Strategic Plan focusing on long-term sustainability.

Short-term goals for children with visual impairments include:

- Improved self-esteem and confidence.

- Increased level of participation in school and in the community.

- Increased proficiency in academic skills.

- Increased ability to travel safely and independently.

- Increased competence in daily living skills.

Long-term goals for children with visual impairments include:

- Increased level of independence.

- Increased graduation rates.

- Increased number of young adults securing employment or entering higher education.

Providing early intervention services has proven to be the most effective strategy resulting in positive student outcomes.

Examples of specific, successful strategies include:

- Maximize any amount of functional vision whenever possible.

- Optimize each child's development while minimizing delays.

- Provide individual and group instruction from credentialed specialists working towards measurable goals identified for each individual child.

- Provide pediatric therapeutic services as needed.

- Provide early access to pre-Braille, Braille, and/or large print instruction.

- Provide early instruction to assistive technology.

- Reduce isolation for parents and family members.

- Increase family members' knowledge, confidence, and ability to advocate for their child.

Blind Children's Learning Center program staff has a long-standing history of serving Blind Children's Learning Center clients for 10 to 25 years. These dedicated staff members share their expertise in early childhood development, visual impairment, hearing impairment and other developmental delays.

Staff also includes a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Speech and Language Pathologist and a Deaf-Blind Intervener. All programs utilize licensed occupational and physical therapists to provide comprehensive home-based services or services on-site at our Early Childhood Center.

Blind Children's Learning Center is committed to the ongoing evaluation of programs, services and staff.

- All staff receive annual performance reviews.

- Student, classroom and program outcomes are evaluated by tracking the number of measurable IEP goals achieved each year.

- Parent surveys are also distributed and evaluated each year.

- Outside evaluation tools include the utilization of community resources such as the Orange County Department of Education's Quality Start OC program to independently evaluate programs and services.

- The Program Committee (sub-committee of the board of directors) oversees new initiative, strategic implementation and program evaluation to ensure program compliance, effectiveness and efficiency.

- The Parent Professional Advisory Council utilizes the expertise of experts in disability services, education, medicine and non-profit management to provide input from those outside the organization.

Blind Children's Learning Center has served children and families in the Orange County community for more than 50 years. We are proud of student outcomes and accomplishments. Thousands of students have grown into independent young adults, active in the work place and in their communities.

What we have not yet accomplished is the capacity to provide services to all students in need. Fees only cover 40% of our annual budget. As a result, we rely on charitable contributions to cover the remaining 60% of program expenses. We are working to increase fund raising to provide scholarship funds so that even more low-income students receive critical early intervention services.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Marshall B. Ketchum University

Financials

Blind Children's Learning Center of Orange County

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes