California

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State Wide Resources CA

Education:

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California School for the Blind 

Located: 500 Walnut Ave, Fremont, CA 94536

The California School for the Blind offers students 6 to 21 or elementary through high school the chance to learn in an  environment suited to their needs through an Individualized Education Program or IEP. Students attend core classes like English, math and science as well as  more specialized classes like how to read and write Braille, how to use assistive technology, and how to travel using a cane.

For more info click the link above to visit their site

 

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Los Angeles Blind Children’s Center

Located: 4120 Marathon St, Los Angeles, CA 90029

The Los Angeles Blind Children’s Center serves blind or visually impaired kids from preschool to second grade. Their infant program is for kids birth to age 3 and helps teach them how to crawl, walk and over come a fear of loud noises.Their preschool program is for kids 3-5 years old and provides them with orientation and mobility training, sensory and physical development, as well as speech and language development. Their elementary program is for kids K-2nd grade and provides them with with skills like cane travel and literacy preparation.

For more info click the link above to visit their site

 

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Santa Ana Blind Children’s Learning Center

Located: 18542 Vanderlip Ave B, Santa Ana, CA 92705

The Santa Ana Blind Children’s Learning Center provides visually impaired youth with a variety of programs and services like their global infant development program which helps children learn to crawl and walk as well as therapy. Their bright visions learning center is for kids six months through second grade and helps prepare them for elementary school through sensory development and adaptive skills. They also have an outreach program for students K-12 where a teacher of the visually impaired travels to thier school and teaches them necessary skills like how to read and write Braille, as well as how to use assistive technology.  

 

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Organizations:

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The Braille Institute of America:

Locations:

  • Anaheim Center: 527 North Dale Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801
  • Laguna Hills Neighborhood Center: 24411 Ridge Route Drive, Suite 110 Laguna Hills, CA 92653
  • Los Angeles Center: 741 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029
  • Rancho Mirage Center: 70-251 Romon Road, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
  • San Diego Center: 4555 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Santa Barbara Center: 2031 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

The Braille Institute Of America  is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of free programs and services like their youth program which is a free program that gives visually impaired youth lessons on assistive technology, orientation and mobility, career ed, and independent living skills. They provide an assortment of services to adults such as career counseling, orientation and mobility, and in home services. They also provide a free library for the blind and visually impaired stocked with copies of books in Braille and recorded formats.

For more info click the link above to visit their site

 

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San Diego Center for the Blind: 

Located: 5922 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

The San Diego Center for the Blind offers a variety of programs and services to those who are blind or visually impaired like their job training program where they help prepare you for the job market through training and connecting you with potential employers. The center offers counseling and support groups for those who are struggling with a sudden loss of vision. The center also offers an assistive technology course where those who are visually impaired learn to use devices like screen readers, magnifiers, and talking watches. The devices used in the class are available to purchase through their store.  

For more info click the link above to visit their site

 

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Light House for the Blind and Visually Impaired: 

Headquarters Location:

1155 Market Street, 10th Floor
(between 7th and 8th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Light House for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides visually impaired Californians with a variety of programs and services like their blind and low vision training course which teaches those who are going blind necessary skills like how to read Braille, how to travel with the use of a cane, and how to live independently. Light House provides an employment immersion program which helps students seek employment through lectures, and interactive activities like how to properly create a resume, and how to properly disclose your disability by taking part in a mock interview. Light House also has a deaf-blind training program for those who are both deaf and blind. Classes include orientation and mobility training, daily living skills training, and an employment access program those who are both deaf and blind seek and retain employment.  

For more info click the link above to visit their site

 

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Valley Center For The Blind:

Located: 3417 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711

The Valley Center for the Blind offers those who are blind and visually impaired a mix of courses and programs like their S.C.O.R.E. program (Students Conquering Obstacles for the Realization of Employment) which helps students 14 to 24 obtain the skills necessary to go to college or gain and maintain a steady job. The center offers a few recreation activities such as knitting, crocheting, and arts and crafts. The center also offers workshops in areas such as employment related skills, self advocacy, and cooking classes. 

For more info click the link above to visit their site

 

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Vista Center For The Blind And Visually Impaired:

Located: 2500 El Camino Real #100, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Santa Cruz Location: 3315B Mission Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

The Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers those who are blind or visually impaired a variety of programs and services like their living with low vision program which is for those who are struggling to adapt to low vision or blindness. The class teaches you necessary skills like how to use assistive technology as well as providing therapy/counseling to those who need it. The vista voyagers program is a  youth program meant to help children gain independence by teaching them skills like how to properly use assistive technology, safe travel techniques, career education exposure , and independent living skills. The Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired also has a store packed with a variety of assistive technology device like magnifiers, talking watches, talking calculators, canes, and large print calculators and address books.

 

For more info click the link above to visit their site.

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