Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Blind and Visually Impaired Center

Mission

BVIC's mission is to empower the blind and visually impaired toward independent living through responsive education, support services and skills training.

The Big Idea

The Blind & Visually Impaired Center is the only resource of its kind providing services throughout Monterey County. As technology continues to grow, so does the demand for newer and innovative ways to keep our clients living their lives to the fullest extent. There are so many things sighted people do everyday without even thinking twice - filling a water glass, heating food in the microwave, taking pills, even matching a pair of socks. However, when ones vision becomes compromised, these basic tasks can suddenly turn into a daunting challenge. Our Independent Living Skills Program is a vital instrument in teaching our clients how to safely navigate and adapt to everyday living. Through specialized, one-on-one and group instruction, combined with the introduction of assistive technology tools, our clients can take back their days. Devices can include digital recorders for shopping lists, adaptive kitchen tools, and personal grooming aids. Though our instruction is free, the devices are not covered by Medicare or private insurance and can be quite expensive. The Big Idea would focus on growing our Independent Living Skill Program and providing devices to anyone who would benefit.

The staff here help people with all kinds of vision problems. I have diabetes which can be challenging with vision loss so the staff have been helping me with nutrition and diabetic management. Through the Support Group, I learned about MST bus services and have become a volunteer navigator for others with vision challenges. I have also referred them to the Center and the Support Group. The activities here are wonderful: the Support Group, the Tuesday Lunches, the Ceramics Class and the Braille Class. Braille has helped me with my English and, thanks to the Blind Center, I am continuing by Braille education at the Hadley School for the Blind. The staff's hands-on approach has enabled me to become much more independent with my daily living skills. The Support Group and classes plus the individual training have all made me gain independence, self-esteem and confidence.

- Juvenal