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Category: Annual Report 2019

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We Believe in Maximizing Potential

“I’m a living example…” —Riley, Transition Services student “I took a situation that could have devastated me and turned it into something good: family, independence, success,” says Riley, age 19. She spent three years in Wayfinder’s Transition Services, a life-skills program for young adults with vision loss. Riley was dealt a tough hand in life….

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We Believe in Building Resilience

“She’s my daughter.” — Josefina, Heather’s foster mother Heather has come a long way. The 7-year-old who threw things and hit walls during her tantrums is now an 18-year-old college freshman. Heather’s resilience and intelligence were always inside her. But she needed someone to bring out the best in her. That someone was Josefina, the…

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Annual Report 2018-19: Outcomes

We believe in educational success, economic opportunity, health and well-being and safety and security. Educational Success The Early Intervention Program in Southern California and Blind Babies Foundation in Northern and Central California provide in-home early intervention services for children with vision loss and multiple disabilities, from birth to age 6. Young children maximize any vision they have…

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Annual Report 2019 Board Chair Q&A

“An equitable world means we can all achieve success and happiness…” —Elworth (Brent) Williams, Jr., Chair of the Board of Directors What does an equitable world look like? I grew up in a developing country. Expectations for what is equitable there are different than for someone in the U.S. What is universal, however, is that each…

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Annual Report 2019 CEO Q&A

“We aim to increase inclusion of clients in treatment planning, service design and goal-setting…” — Miki Jordan, PRESIDENT AND CEO When did equity become a priority for Wayfinder Family Services? The word “equity” wasn’t used as commonly in 1953 when Norm Kaplan founded the organization. But what Norm wanted was for children with visual impairments…

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She Started Seeing

Gina was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her first foster child. After having two biological children, she and her partner were ready to adopt. “She was supposed to be a perfectly healthy 3-month old,” Gina remembers. “But when she arrived, she was only 6 weeks old.” And something was very wrong with baby Kennedy. Kennedy…

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