Wayfinder Family Services (formerly Junior Blind of America) - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Wayfinder Family Services (formerly Junior Blind of America)
5300 Angeles Vista Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 295-4555 (Local)
(323) 296-0424 (Fax)
(800) 352-2290 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Founded in 1953, Junior Blind of America's mission is helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired, or multi-disabled achieve independence.

Based in Los Angeles, Junior Blind offer specialized services for thousands of infants, children, teens, and adults from throughout California and across the country. Through programs that offer early intervention therapy, education, recreation, and rehabilitation, children and adults learn essential skills to help them maximize their potential and achieve their goals.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.(Administrative Offices).
Clients served on average per year: 19,000
Number of staff: 500
Geographic area served: Primarily California, but serves entire U.S. and international.
Publications: Annual Report, Independence Newsletter, and Perspectives Newsletter


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Jay Allen, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, jallen@juniorblind.org
Miki Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer, mjordan@juniorblind.org
Pat Maffei, Executive Director of Northern & Central California Programs
Donald Ouimet, Chief Program Officer, douimet@juniorblind.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides speakers to educate on issues affecting blind/visually impaired persons to the community.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer training in the following areas:
  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluation, psychological testing and evaluation and individual, group, and family/parent counseling. Refers and provides consultation to other agencies for counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in activities for daily living, remedial education, home management, sensory communication and training, use of low vision devices, electronic travel devices computer and technology training . Offers state-certified non-public school and residential living program for children and youth. Accepts students who are emotionally disturbed, learning-disabled, mentally retarded, orthopedically disabled. Other multiply-disabled blind persons taught according to ability level. Provides training in skills for daily living and in specific issues of the diabetic elderly who are blind or visually impaired. Full training in computer education and adaptive technology.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides prevocational evaluation, career counseling and training, occupational skill development.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains library with talking book records, braille books, large-print books, recorded magazines on site.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.


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