Mission in Brief

The mission of Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind is to provide for the lifetime needs of individuals with multiple-disabilities and blindness. TLC believes in the value of each individual and promotes the philosophy that each participant can be assisted to achieve his or her full potential.



How we Help

TLC was founded in 1975 by a group of parents whose children faced the prospect of a lifetime in large, isolating and often uncaring institutions. By personally signing the note on a converted nursing facility in Pasadena, they opened California's first residence specially for adults with multiple disabilities and blindness who cannot live independently. 


Over the years, TLC expanded to a residential program of twelve homes for over 80 residents throughout the San Fernando Valley.  Services were added to address emerging needs, such as additional Day Programs, Children's and Adult's After School Programs, Early Intervention and Inclusive Preschool Programs.  Consultants and employees include professionals in the fields of physical therapy, speech and language therapy, orientation and mobility therapy, occupational therapy, child development and nursing services for the intermediate care facilities that comprise our 12 homes. Community outreach services include vision screenings, crisis intervention and consultation, and family support groups.


Referrals to TLC's programs are made by regional center case managers, teachers, social service agencies, family members and any other concerned individual who has received consent to refer.  We encourage family members to visit TLC in advance of the need for services. If TLC is not the right fit, our professional staff is ready to refer you to resources to find the one that is. 


Local Referral Agencies:







Our Leadership

Board of Directors


Joel Ravitz, President

Chairman & CEO, Quincy Cass


Zane Alsabery, Vice President

President, Alchemy Communications


Murray Heltzer, Treasurer

Administrative Director (retired) 

McDermott Will and Emery, LLP


April Meadow, Secretary

Director of Human Resources (retired) 

City of Beverly Hills


Larry Barzman

Certified Public Accountant

Barzman and Company


Hal Lampert

Certified Public Accountant

Lampert and Eskridge


Nick Nagatani

Attorney Supervisor (retired)

Children's Law Center of Los Angeles


Dr. Bill Takeshita, FAAO, FCOV

Director of Optometric Services

Center for the Partially Sighted


Ronnie Willett

Management Consultant

Kaiser Permanente


Maurice T. Zagha, MD

Family Practitioner


Board of Trustees


Hal Lampert

Certified Public Accountant

Lampert and Eskridge


April Meadow

Director of Human Services (retired)

City of Beverly Hills


Joan Schulman

Educator (retired)


Advisory Council


Louis Horwitz

Retired Technology Executive


Dennis Fredrickson

Attorney


Jane R. Vogel

Educational Consultant & Advocate for the Blind


James Wood

Developer/Builder


Benefactors


David Siegel


Myra Siegel


Peggy Carr


John Goff, Jr., MD


Syd Kronenthal


Geoff Farrer, Sr.


Founders


Bernice Pearlman


Seymour Pearlman


Executive Director


Cyndi McAuley


    

Management staff

Executive Director                        Cyndi McAuley, MS

Associate Director                        Michelle Jenks

Development Director                  LaDreeya M. Taylor, MPA

Nursing Supervisor                       Sandra Fox, RN

Children's Program Director       Cristina Preuss

Day Programs Director                Vacant

Facilities Manager                        Rian McKinnon

Controller                                       Darlene Sturgeon-Rothe, MBA, ABD