50th Anniversary
Celebrating a Common Goal
  Bike Parade


Blind Children's Learning Center's Early Childhood Center students celebrated the 4th of July by participating in our annual Bike Parade. To get into the holiday spirit the children recited the Pledge of Allegiance and pedaled around on decorated bicycles, wagons, strollers, scooters and two Lightning McQueen Power Wheel cars (donated by Disneyland Resorts) to honor the "Birthday of America".  


Our students know that the Fourth of July is not just a day to listen to crackling fireworks, but a day to recognize the importance of independence. We wish to empower each of our children with the tools they need to gain independence. Teaching our students to travel freely through Orientation and Mobility training, reinforcing Braille Literacy, and supporting strong social skills through our Youth Outreach Program gives our kids the ability to accomplish their goals.


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Illuminating the Future

Save the Date

October 20, 2012

Illuminating the Future Click here for sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.


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Hundreds Walked For Independence


Thank you to everyone that helped us raise more than $135, 000 for our kids.  


Blind Children's Learning Center - 8th Annual Destination Independence 5K Walk
Blind Children's Learning Center - 8th Annual Destination Independence 5K Walk


May 18, 2013



Learn How Your Child Could Be a Sighted Peer

Currently we have limited openings for your children to have the incredible experience of being a "sighted peer."  Your child age 3 - 5 could join our Pre-K or Kindergarten classes to experience field trips, onsite events, music and a sensory-based curriculum.  Our sighted peers learn empathy, compassion and leadership skills.  Fees include morning daycare (beginning at 7:30am) and after school daycare (ending at 6pm). 


Classes begin on September 3.  


For more information contact Amiee Goulding  Director of the Early Childhood Center at


In This Issue
Celebrating a Common Goal
Save the Date - 50th Anniversary Gala
9th Annual Destination Independence 5K Walk
Your Child Could Be A Sighted Peer
Connecting Deaf-Blind Children to the World
Cooking with Vision - Fall Fashion Show
Interveners Connect Deaf-Blind Children to the World

Did you know for a typical child with the ability to see and hear, the largest part of their learning process occurs naturally from the flow of sensory information?   The smallest part of their learning comes from hands-on experiences.  


For a deaf-blind child, the process is completely inverted.  They learn from direct hands-on experiences.  Since most educational settings are not designed to provide intensive direct, hands-on learning this poses a unique challenge. 


At Blind Children's Learning Center, we are able to provide this distinctive environment for 

deaf-blind children because of the talent and expertise of staff member, Tricia Houlihan.  Tricia is one of the first individuals in the state of California to have the role of an intervener for children who are deaf-blind.  She has created a program at the Center that has become a model across the state.  


Click here to read Tricia's personal story.


Cooking With Vision 
Hosts Fall Fashion Show - Featuring our Moms

Imagine...the day is here to meet your new baby. The doctor comes in, sits down and says, "I'm sorry to tell you, something is wrong." 


You don't hear the rest of the conversation. You don't know what to do or where to go.  Everyone you know has a healthy baby. You start asking
yourself, "What did I do wrong?" 


These are real feelings our moms experienced.   They took their babies home feeling lonely, sad and isolated.


We are inviting some of these moms to be pampered and surrounded by kindness as they are the models in the Cooking With Vision Fall Fashion Show. 


Please join us on:


Wednesday, August 15

11:30 am to 1:00pm

Three Course Luncheon

 Tickets $40 


Click here to purchase tickets.


Your support will help make these special moms feel beautiful and powerful.  You participation will will be a great encouragement to them.  Please join us to celebrate their strength.

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