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By Nancy Turney | February 11, 2010
Q. My dad is losing his sight due to macular degeneration and is finding that his world is shrinking due to not being able to read or drive. What do you suggest? My dad is losing his sight due to macular degeneration and is finding that his world is shrinking due to not being able to read or drive. What do you suggest? Donna, La Crescenta   Although you have probably heard of Braille Institute, you may be under the impression that their services revolve around teaching Braille.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | September 17, 2010
The blows came one after another. First doctors told Sonia Desormeaux that her son, Jacob, had serious kidney problems. Then they determined he was profoundly deaf and had a severe balance disorder that delayed his ability to walk. There were frequent bumps and falls — Jacob was always black and blue with bruises. His parents constructed a helmet in order to protect his head. "When he was a baby I would literally walk around with both arms around him, shielding him from everything," Sonia said.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 2, 2011
Eleven-year old Jacob Desormeaux’s first trip to the Staples Center for a Los Angeles Clippers game last week was unlike anything most people get to experience at a basketball game. Jacob and 92 of his closest friends attended the Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves game for free on Jan. 19. Eye on Jacob, a non-profit organization based in La Cañada, received 100 free tickets, along with several other local non-profits for the game, from Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Jacob got to go down on the court after the game and shake hands with Sterling, but opted not to tell him he didn’t know there was another basketball team in Los Angeles besides the Lakers.
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October 21, 2004
Sinae Van Haastert squeezed in a chat with me last Friday in between her last class of the day at Riverside's La Sierra University and her dash off for the weekend. My daughter, Gretchen, makes a Friday dash, too, from UC Riverside. Both girls are legally blind due to the same genetic condition. I couldn't help but ask Sinae the question I ask Gretchen every Friday: "Did you pack your cane?" Gretchen usually sighs and goes to look for the cane. Sinae replied, "Yes I have it. I take it everywhere and use it."
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | September 17, 2010
The blows came one after another. First doctors told Sonia Desormeaux that her son, Jacob, had serious kidney problems. Then they determined he was profoundly deaf and had a severe balance disorder that delayed his ability to walk. There were frequent bumps and falls — Jacob was always black and blue with bruises. His parents constructed a helmet in order to protect his head. "When he was a baby I would literally walk around with both arms around him, shielding him from everything," Sonia said.
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By Nancy Turney | February 11, 2010
Q. My dad is losing his sight due to macular degeneration and is finding that his world is shrinking due to not being able to read or drive. What do you suggest? My dad is losing his sight due to macular degeneration and is finding that his world is shrinking due to not being able to read or drive. What do you suggest? Donna, La Crescenta   Although you have probably heard of Braille Institute, you may be under the impression that their services revolve around teaching Braille.
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