Located in Stockton, the Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (or CCBVI for short) works to assist the blind or visually impaired of all ages in living independent lives. Their vision is to, “provide the information, tools, and resources that will empower and inspire people who are blind and visually impaired to achieve their full potential.” The CCBVI has served those in the San Joaquin community for over 68 years, and have both youth and adult programs.
Through the use of educational, social, and recreational activities as well as technology and the teaching of adaptive techniques, participants in the youth program are given the tools and support to help them gain confidence and navigate challenges they may be faced with in their day to day lives. Youth are also given the opportunity to build lasting friendships with others and undergo new experiences with them, which builds their self-esteem and eliminates feelings of isolation. Additionally, there is a summer program that includes outdoor activities, art, and assistive technologies for kids and teens. As for the adult program, participants are given support, information and referrals that help them with adjustment to vision loss. Along with teaching braille, the CCBVI also provides training to use devices/programs such as iPads, iPhones, Microsoft Office and the Internet. There is a support group and there are classes that help participants with independent living skills such as cooking, grooming, and clothing identification.
To learn more about the CCBVI, visit here: Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired