The Vision of Children Foundation

Address: 11975 El Camino Real, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: (858) 314-7917 Fax: (858) 3147920 Email: info@visionofchildren.org Website: http://www.visionofchildren.org/

Our Mission

Our mission is to cure hereditary childhood blindness and other vision disorders and to improve the lives of visually impaired individuals and their families.

To make progress toward this objective, VOC has three goals:

  • To fund cutting-edge research focused on developing treatments and/or finding cures for hereditary blindness;
  • To provide education and support for a worldwide network of families affected by vision disorders; and
  • To provide state-of-the-art handheld video magnifiers to assist low-vision students in U.S. schools.

Our Background

The Vision of Children Foundation was formed in 1991 after co-founders, Sam & Vivian Hardage, were told their son had ocular albinism… and there was no treatment, no cure, and no hope. Very little was known about the disorder and so they set out to find a cure. Since that time we've been a pioneering force in vision research, setting the stage for what we now know to be a solution to genetic vision disorders. From early, basic science research, the Foundation has evolved into an organization that has driven science to the horizon of actually restoring vision to children who cannot see. Currently, we are funding research that will potentially re-grow damaged vision receptors in the back of the eye and reattach them to the vision center of the brain! We are taking a multi-pronged approach to healing the visual pathways with induced adult stem cells, genetic reprogramming, and even a current human medication trial. The science is there to give children their vision back, and the next few years should yield groundbreaking results. Continued funding of our researchers is crucial to completing our task.

Other goals of the Foundation are to support family members and children with hereditary blindness and fostering communication between researchers all over the world.  We have a family network that helps patients and families, provides support and visual aids, and can help find doctors all over the world.  We also bring researchers together for regular symposiums, which allow them to share and discuss their findings in a unique, collegial environment that fosters new ideas.  

We Need Your Support

Why should you choose to support The Vision of Children Foundation? As a small 501(c)(3) NPO based in San Diego, our work has far-reaching impact. Over the past two decades, we’ve funded groundbreaking research around the world. Research has been and remains the surest route to a cure for geOur Mission

Our mission is to cure hereditary childhood blindness and other vision disorders and to improve the lives of visually impaired individuals and their families.

To make progress toward this objective, VOC has three goals:

  • To fund cutting-edge research focused on developing treatments and/or finding cures for hereditary blindness;
  • To provide education and support for a worldwide network of families affected by vision disorders; and
  • To provide state-of-the-art handheld video magnifiers to assist low-vision students in U.S. schools.

Our Background

The Vision of Children Foundation was formed in 1991 after co-founders, Sam & Vivian Hardage, were told their son had ocular albinism… and there was no treatment, no cure, and no hope. Very little was known about the disorder and so they set out to find a cure. Since that time we've been a pioneering force in vision research, setting the stage for what we now know to be a solution to genetic vision disorders. From early, basic science research, the Foundation has evolved into an organization that has driven science to the horizon of actually restoring vision to children who cannot see. Currently, we are funding research that will potentially re-grow damaged vision receptors in the back of the eye and reattach them to the vision center of the brain! We are taking a multi-pronged approach to healing the visual pathways with induced adult stem cells, genetic reprogramming, and even a current human medication trial. The science is there to give children their vision back, and the next few years should yield groundbreaking results. Continued funding of our researchers is crucial to completing our task.

Other goals of the Foundation are to support family members and children with hereditary blindness and fostering communication between researchers all over the world.  We have a family network that helps patients and families, provides support and visual aids, and can help find doctors all over the world.  We also bring researchers together for regular symposiums, which allow them to share and discuss their findings in a unique, collegial environment that fosters new ideas.  

We Need Your Support

Why should you choose to support The Vision of Children Foundation? As a small 501(c)(3) NPO based in San Diego, our work has far-reaching impact. Over the past two decades, we’ve funded groundbreaking research around the world. Research has been and remains the surest route to a cure for genetic vision disorders. To raise critical funding for this research, we rely on support from individuals, corporations and community partners. Your support could actually help restore vision in people who have been blind or visually impaired since birth. netic vision disorders. To raise critical funding for this research, we rely on support from individuals, corporations and community partners. Your support could actually help restore vision in people who have been blind or visually impaired since birth.

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