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Category: Vision Loss and Blindness

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White Cane Safety Day Virtual Celebration

Join us on Thursday, October 15th at 9:00 a.m. Wayfinder’s Adult Services staff will be celebrating the achievements of the blind and visually impaired with a White Cane Safety Education Workshop: 9:00 AM – Kickoff to National White Cane Safety Day Celebration! 9:10 AM – Celebrating the White Cane Awareness – Why do we celebrate white cane safety…

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Free Workshops for Individuals with Disabilities

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AND WAYFINDER FAMILY SERVICES PRESENTS COMMUNITY RESOURCES SERIES Sponsored by Comerica Bank This free series of workshops is open to anyone with a disability. There is no need to RSVP and the Zoom meeting information is below. WEDNESDAY,SEPTEMBER 30 @ 1:00-2:00 PM Navigating Mental Health Options During theCOVID-19 Crisis WEDNESDAY,OCTOBER 7…

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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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Wayfinder is Home for the Holidays

Did you know? Many of the children in our residential programs call Wayfinder home during the holiday season. Thanks to your support, our young residents can enjoy these special Wayfinder moments: A Gift from Santa Just two days before Christmas, 5-year-old Sharon was removed from her home due to extreme neglect and placed in The…

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Paying it Forward to a New Generation

“I had wonderful teachers who knew I was going to be successful,” says Caitlin Hernandez, graduate of Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation early intervention program and teacher of children with disabilities. “I want to pay this forward.” Caitlin, now age 29, was born blind. “I have light perception but no functional vision,” she explains. When Caitlin…

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Elizabeth’s Path to Independence

“Before Elizabeth was born, I had never met a blind person,” says Gina, Elizabeth’s mother. Back then, Gina and her husband, Greg, wondered, How should we play with Elizabeth? Should we limit her activities? What will her life be like when she grows up? Wayfinder was there with the answers. When Elizabeth was 6 weeks…

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iPhone Accessibility Workshop: Assistive Technology Training

Our Assistive Technology Training program is offering a  3-day intensive IPhone accessibility workshop on December 16, 17 and 18. Attendance requires approval from your Department of Rehabilitation counselor. Read below for more information and registration information! Adults with visual impairment will learn how to fully utilize their iPhone and maximize its functions for use in…

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A Journey That Creates Lasting Bonds

Meet an Inspiring Wayfinder Family “Tatsiana is a joy,” says Pam Chapin, program director and vision impairment specialist with Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation program in Northern California. “No one can meet her without falling in love with her.” “I love Pam,” says Tatsiana, mother of Sofia, who was in our Blind Babies Foundation program for…

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Pam Chapin is a Wayfinder

Meet our Blind Babies Foundation program director. Wayfinder’s Blind Babies Foundation is an early-intervention program in which vision impairment specialists provide home visits to children with vision loss or multiple disabilities. How do you bring Wayfinder Family Services’ mission to life? I support our vision impairment specialists so that they can support families with care…

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