Our History/Junior Blind

Before we were Wayfinder Family Services, we were Junior Blind.

In 1953, a charismatic visionary named Norm Kaplan had the idea that young people who are blind should share in the same recreational and social opportunities that sighted children enjoy. He, his wife, Nadia, and dozens of friends and volunteers began taking children with visual impairments on weekend outings—and the Foundation for the Junior Blind was born.

Norm and Nadia did not realize it at the time, but they were laying the groundwork that would drive Junior Blind’s life-changing work: promoting the welfare, well-being and adjustment of underserved children, youth and their families.

Take a look at our journey to Wayfinder Family Services.