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As of July 1, 2014, Blind Babies Foundation became a program of Junior Blind, a leading non-profit organization helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence. With similar missions and visions, the union between Junior Blind and Blind Babies Foundation is a natural fit and our combined strengths will ensure brighter futures for even more babies in need of our critical services.  To learn more, please visit www.juniorblind.org/bbf.

Bay Area community member Saryta Rodriguez’s nephew Xavien was disagnosed with retinoblastoma when he was six months old.  He was treated by Dr. David Abramson in New York, who was able to save one of Xavien’s eyes and replaced the other with a glass replica. Now, Saryta is organizing a Walk for Retinoblastoma that will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Oakland. Participants in this walkathon will be encouraged to collect donations leading up to the event and Saryta will then be dividing the proceeds from the walk between BBF and Dr. Abramson’s Fund for Ophthalmic Knowledge. The first planning meeting/info session for this event will be taking place at Nature Vegetarian Restaurant in Oakland on Thurs, October 2nd at 7pm. If anyone is interested in attending this meeting, please RSVP to Saryta by e-mail at walkforretinoblastoma@gmail.com or through the Meetup group that she has set up: http://www.meetup.com/Walk-for-Retinoblastoma-2015/.

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Mission

When an infant or preschooler is identified as blind or visually impaired, Blind Babies Foundation provides family-centered services to support the child's optimal development and access to the world.

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Services

Blind Babies Foundation has been providing critical early intervention and education services to infants and preschoolers who are blind or visually impaired for 60 years. Our family-centered services are provided in the home environment and encourage every child’s development to the fullest degree possible with careful attention to their individual abilities and needs. Through our Access VIS program, our Vision Impairment Specialists help more than 560 children each year in 14 central and northern California counties at no cost to families.

"Our son has a visual impairment which put us on a hunt for some sound help and direction. We have been on a medical and emotional roller-coaster and we can wholeheartedly say that having BBF at our side has made this trying time much easier to handle."  - Steve & Jody C. of Lodi, California
 

Why Use Our Services?

The birth of a baby marks the beginning of many challenges for a family. With a baby who is visually impaired, the challenges are more complex. The early intervention program of BBF, called Access VIS, helps the entire family adjust by:
  • providing parent education
  • providing information -supporting the parent/child relationship
  • connecting the family to resources
  • attending medical visits with families
  • administering visual and developmental assessments
  • referral to other agencies
  • supporting family advocacy skills
  • giving opportunities for families to meet and to learn from one another
Click here to find out why Early Intervention is so essential.