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The Blind & Visually Impaired Center (BVIC)

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 in Monterey County, providing services to empower the blind and visually impaired toward independent living. That happens through responsive education, support services and skills training. As technology continues to grow, so does the demand for newer and innovative ways to keep visually impaired clients living their lives to the fullest. There are so many ways those with vision loss can be helped to live a full, safe and confident life, including orientation and mobility training, support and rehabilitation services, low vision services in the Low Vision and Assistive Technology Center, and loan or low-cost rental of devices from the center’s audio library. Also offered are peer support groups, social activities, crafts classes and community outreach, as well as group or individual instruction in Braille. Services are geared toward teaching skills which ensure safety and independent living.

The beauty of the Blind & Visually Impaired Center is they provide free services and work with you until you can confidently and safely engage in everyday activities. The highly trained staff instructs you in the use of a wide array of assistive devices and technologies which aid in maintaining independence. They teach you how to use a long cane to safely move about the community. The peer support group provides a safe place to share challenges, fears and successes. The vision rehab services teach new ways of doing everyday tasks, such as putting toothpaste on your toothbrush or how to safely cut vegetables. When my world was getting darker, they helped keep it from getting smaller. The center is a haven—a place where hope starts for people living with vision loss.

- Ron