Valley Center for the Blind

Valley Center for the Blind Valley Center for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to help people experiencing vision loss in California's Central Valley live a life of independence and opportunity.
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Ever year, Valley Center for the Blind helps hundreds of people who are experiencing vision loss live a life of opportunity and independence. Vision loss can be a devastating experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. The effect is real and life-changing. Losing sight can occur for many reasons, to different degrees, and at any stage of life. At VCB, we help people cope with their loss and

Ever year, Valley Center for the Blind helps hundreds of people who are experiencing vision loss live a life of opportunity and independence. Vision loss can be a devastating experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. The effect is real and life-changing. Losing sight can occur for many reasons, to different degrees, and at any stage of life. At VCB, we help people cope with their loss and

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Last week, close to 100 people rappelled down a hotel to raise money and awareness for VisionCorps, a nonprofit in Lanca...
07/15/2021
Man with severe vision loss set to rappel 10 stories in Lancaster 2021 Eye Drop

Last week, close to 100 people rappelled down a hotel to raise money and awareness for VisionCorps, a nonprofit in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that supports people who are visually impaired or blind. Each person who wanted to rappel down the building had to raise $1000 to be eligible to participate. Many of the participants were blind/low vision. Click here to learn more about one participant who was prepared for his second time at this event: https://www.fox43.com/article/news/local/morning-show/visioncorps-lancaster-rappel-holiday-inn-fundraiser-blind-vision-loss-mike-hora/521-65124083-0b22-45aa-b04c-9ca005dce66c

“You’ll never experience anything like that, watch a 65-year-old blind man step off the side of a building, I bet you’ll never get to see that again," said Hora.

Did you know that you can shop on Amazon and support Valley Center for the Blind at the same time? By shopping on smile....
07/14/2021
AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.

Did you know that you can shop on Amazon and support Valley Center for the Blind at the same time? By shopping on smile.amazon.com, 0.5% of sales from eligible purchases will be donated to VCB! Have an Amazon purchase in mind? Check if it is eligible for Amazon Smile at smile.amazon.com.

Shop at smile.amazon.com and we’ll donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to your favorite charitable organization—no fees, no extra cost.

07/13/2021

We are interested in finding out about your views and beliefs on COVID-19 to help us better understand the Fresno County Community. This short questionnaire is about YOUR opinions. Your participation will be anonymous. We will NOT maintain any personal information about who you are with the questionnaire data. After completion of the short questionnaire you can enter into a raffle (1 entry per person). Two winners will be randomly selected for a $50-$100 gift card (retail store or gas card) on August 2, 2021. This questionnaire should only be taken one time per person.
Click here to complete the questionnaire: https://cofdphrc.co.fresno.ca.us/redcap/surveys/?s=7DW4DPLTWW

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07/09/2021

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July is Eye Injury Prevention Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately half of all eye i...
07/08/2021

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately half of all eye injuries happen in your own home. Cleaning, home improvement, and yard work can sometimes lead to serious eye injuries. Wearing protective eye wear can reduce your risk of eye injury by 90%. Click here to learn more about preventing eye injuries at home: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-in-home

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July is Eye Injury Prevention Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately half of all eye injuries happen in your own home. Cleaning, home improvement, and yard work can sometimes lead to serious eye injuries. Wearing protective eye wear can reduce your risk of eye injury by 90%. Click here to learn more about preventing eye injuries at home: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-in-home

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#prevention #EyeInjuryPreventionMonth #eye #protection

Looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Call the Disability Equity Project to register for a vaccine event near you. De...
07/07/2021

Looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Call the Disability Equity Project to register for a vaccine event near you.
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Looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Call the Disability Equity Project to register for a vaccine event near you.
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Our newest episode of The VCB Podcast is up and ready for you to give it a listen. Listen to Jason and Rey talk about ho...
07/07/2021
The VCB Podcast Episode 7 - Jul. 6 2021 by The VCB Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

Our newest episode of The VCB Podcast is up and ready for you to give it a listen. Listen to Jason and Rey talk about how the game night went, upcoming events such as social hours and game nights, and opportunities to get vaccinated. Shellena Heber, Executive Director of VCB also joins us today to provide updates on VCB. Also, stick around to listen to our next VCB Story, Cristal Castillo!

If you want to join a social hour or game night, or want to learn more about what we are up to at VCB, call (559) 222-4447 or email [email protected].

Click here to listen: http://ow.ly/PlCh50Fqvl1

Our newest episode of The VCB Podcast is up and ready for you to give it a listen. Listen to Jason and Rey talk about how the game night went, upcoming events such as social hours and game nights, and opportunities to get vaccinated. Shellena Heber, Executive Director of VCB also joins us today to p...

"Fresno COVID-19 Equity Project: A Neighborhood Approach to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in BIPOC and People with Disa...
07/07/2021

"Fresno COVID-19 Equity Project: A Neighborhood Approach to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in BIPOC and People with Disabilities. Join us for a presentation and conversation about how we can transform public health to be more community-engaged. Wednesday, July 7 at 4 PM. Zoom Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3deDFLC "

"Fresno COVID-19 Equity Project: A Neighborhood Approach to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in BIPOC and People with Disabilities. Join us for a presentation and conversation about how we can transform public health to be more community-engaged. Wednesday, July 7 at 4 PM. Zoom Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3deDFLC "

The Central Valley is hitting triple digits. In an effort to help Valley residents cool off, each county is setting up c...
07/06/2021
Cooling Centers - Emergencies

The Central Valley is hitting triple digits. In an effort to help Valley residents cool off, each county is setting up cooling centers. Click on your county's cooling center list.

Fresno: https://www.fresno.gov/parks/cooling-centers/
Madera- https://www.madera.gov/cooling-centers/
Kings- https://www.countyofkings.com/home/showpublisheddocument/26825
Kern- https://www.kerncounty.com/government/parks/facilities/cooling-centers
Tulare- https://tularecounty.ca.gov/emergencies/index.cfm/cooling-centers/

Cooling Centers

Runner, David Brown, is ready to run at this year's Paralympics in Tokyo with his guide runner, Moray Steward. Click her...
07/05/2021
Blindness doesn't deter Paralympian Brown

Runner, David Brown, is ready to run at this year's Paralympics in Tokyo with his guide runner, Moray Steward. Click here to learn more about their partnership and David's journey with blindness and track: http://ow.ly/vLCs50Fpflx

Sprinter who went to Missouri School for the Blind has record time of 10.9 in 100 meters.

Happy Fourth of July! Have fun celebrating our nation's birthday! Also, make sure to protect your eyes if you are going ...
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth of July! Have fun celebrating our nation's birthday! Also, make sure to protect your eyes if you are going to be around fireworks today.

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Happy Fourth of July! Have fun celebrating our nation's birthday! Also, make sure to protect your eyes if you are going to be around fireworks today.

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07/02/2021

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07/01/2021

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Audio labeling, assistive technology, and more, are all part of the cooking processes for the three blind/low vision che...
06/30/2021
Blind cooking: 10 tips from chefs

Audio labeling, assistive technology, and more, are all part of the cooking processes for the three blind/low vision chefs in this article. Click here to read their top ten cooking tips: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-18491533

Four blind cooks, including a participant in a US version of the TV cooking competition, MasterChef, explain how they prepare food.

Busan, South Korea, is testing out an app and metro kiosks to help make transportation easier for blind/low vision peopl...
06/29/2021
New Smart Tech Helps Visually Impaired South Koreans Increase Mobility

Busan, South Korea, is testing out an app and metro kiosks to help make transportation easier for blind/low vision people. These accessible tools show the importance of including blind/low vision people in the planning and design process of universal technology. Click here to learn more: https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/new-smart-tech-helps-visually-impaired-south-koreans-increase-mobility
#TechTuesday

South Korea’s second largest city is using new, inclusive technology to bring down barriers to mobility for people who are blind. Park Hyoung-bae glides his long, white cane along a strip of raised yellow blocks that form a trail through an underground metro station.

On the latest episode of TechSighted, Tom Randall, Assistive Technology Instructor at VCB, joins us to talk about Androi...
06/28/2021
TechSighted Ep. 3 - June 18 2021 by TechSighted: Part of the VCB Podcast Network • A podcast on Anchor

On the latest episode of TechSighted, Tom Randall, Assistive Technology Instructor at VCB, joins us to talk about Android. Give it a listen and let us know what you think: http://ow.ly/xvRL50Fjrfi

In this episode of TechSighted, Tom Randall, Assistive Technology Instructor at VCB, joins us to talk about Android. Give it a listen and let us know what you think! Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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06/27/2021

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Click here to learn more about Helen Keller and her work as a dedicated advocate for disability rights: https://www.biography.com/activist/helen-keller

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Click here to learn more about Helen Keller and her work as a dedicated advocate for disability rights: https://www.biography.com/activist/helen-keller

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06/25/2021

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A transit system in Minnesota is starting a 6-month pilot program that would allow for people with visual impairments to...
06/24/2021

A transit system in Minnesota is starting a 6-month pilot program that would allow for people with visual impairments to have free access to a remote live agent who would help guide them through their trip. Click here to learn more: https://www.masstransitmag.com/technology/news/21227145/mn-metro-transit-pilots-video-chat-wayfinding-service

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A transit system in Minnesota is starting a 6-month pilot program that would allow for people with visual impairments to have free access to a remote live agent who would help guide them through their trip. Click here to learn more: https://www.masstransitmag.com/technology/news/21227145/mn-metro-transit-pilots-video-chat-wayfinding-service

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Chess champion, Jessica Lauser, feels the closest form of equality when playing chess because when the game starts, both...
06/23/2021
This woman is a chess champion. And she's blind

Chess champion, Jessica Lauser, feels the closest form of equality when playing chess because when the game starts, both sides start with the same thing no matter who the players are. She does not let her visual impairment affect her game. Read more at: https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/health/chess-champion-jessica-lauser-wellness/index.html

Jessica Lauser plays quickly and attacks constantly on the chess board, similar the Beth Harmon character from the Netflix TV series, "The Queen's Gambit." Her success has won her accolades, and a spot on a 2020 championship squad -- and she does it all legally blind.

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06/22/2021

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Prime Day is here! If you are shopping on Amazon today, check if your purchases are eligible for Amazon Smile donations....
06/21/2021

Prime Day is here! If you are shopping on Amazon today, check if your purchases are eligible for Amazon Smile donations. If you shop through http://ow.ly/GMvw50FeyP9, 0.5% of eligible purchases will help fund the Valley Center for the Blind! Click here to choose VCB as your nonprofit: http://ow.ly/QbY950FeyP8

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Prime Day is here! If you are shopping on Amazon today, check if your purchases are eligible for Amazon Smile donations. If you shop through http://ow.ly/GMvw50FeyP9, 0.5% of eligible purchases will help fund the Valley Center for the Blind! Click here to choose VCB as your nonprofit: http://ow.ly/QbY950FeyP8

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06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day to all of the great fathers and father figures! We hope you have a great day!
#FathersDay
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Happy Father's Day to all of the great fathers and father figures! We hope you have a great day!
#FathersDay
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In this episode of TechSighted, Tom Randall, Assistive Technology Instructor at VCB, joins us to talk about Android. Giv...
06/19/2021
TechSighted Ep. 3 - June 18 2021 by TechSighted: Part of the VCB Podcast Network • A podcast on Anchor

In this episode of TechSighted, Tom Randall, Assistive Technology Instructor at VCB, joins us to talk about Android. Give it a listen and let us know what you think! Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments. Click here to listen to our podcast on other platforms: https://anchor.fm/techsighted/episodes/TechSighted-Ep--3---June-18-2021-e1322ik

In this episode of TechSighted, Tom Randall, Assistive Technology Professor at VCB, joins us to talk about Android. Give it a listen and let us know what you think! Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

World Services for the Blind featured VCB Assistive Technology Instructor, Alvin Martin, on their Alumni Spotlight. Desc...
06/18/2021

World Services for the Blind featured VCB Assistive Technology Instructor, Alvin Martin, on their Alumni Spotlight.
Description: Alvin with his guide dog.
"This month we are featuring Alvin Martin! Alvin graduated from the Assistive Technology Instructor program in April, 2015. Alvin currently works for Valley Center for the Blind in Fresno, CA as an Assistive Technology Instructor! Alvin works with clients to learn assistive technology, creating assessments and lesson plans, and working with state counselors - all great skills he was able to learn through the ATI program at WSB!

'My favorite part of attending WSB was the bond that I was able to create with the staff and students. Even though my family was so far away they made me feel welcome and included me like I was a part of their family.' -Alvin Martin, ATI Graduate, 2015"

World Services for the Blind featured VCB Assistive Technology Instructor, Alvin Martin, on their Alumni Spotlight.
Description: Alvin with his guide dog.
"This month we are featuring Alvin Martin! Alvin graduated from the Assistive Technology Instructor program in April, 2015. Alvin currently works for Valley Center for the Blind in Fresno, CA as an Assistive Technology Instructor! Alvin works with clients to learn assistive technology, creating assessments and lesson plans, and working with state counselors - all great skills he was able to learn through the ATI program at WSB!

'My favorite part of attending WSB was the bond that I was able to create with the staff and students. Even though my family was so far away they made me feel welcome and included me like I was a part of their family.' -Alvin Martin, ATI Graduate, 2015"

Address

3417 W Shaw Ave
Fresno, CA
93711

General information

Valley Center for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for people with visual impairments in the Central Valley. Founded in 1973, the organization continues to offer critical job training, education and life skills development programs for people experiencing vision loss in the region. There are an estimated 60,480 people in California's Central Valley with visual impairments. Valley Center for the Blind serves the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera and Tulare. If you or someone you know is experiencing vision loss, please contact us to learn more about how we can be of service: 559-222-4447.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(559) 222-4447

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Valley Center for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for people with visual impairments in the Central Valley. Founded in 1973, the organization continues to offer critical job training, education and life skills development programs for people experiencing vision loss in the region.

Ever year, VCB helps hundreds of people who are experiencing vision loss live a life of opportunity and independence. Vision loss can be a devastating experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. The effect is real and life-changing. Losing sight can occur for many reasons, to different degrees, and at any stage of life.

There are an estimated 60,480 people in California's Central Valley with visual impairments. Valley Center for the Blind serves the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera and Tulare.

At VCB, we help people cope with their loss and regain their confidence, emotional wellness, and ability to perform daily activities and meet their individual goals. Through our transformative programs and services, we're able to meet the growing needs of real people right here in the Central Valley.

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https://www.facebook.com/232140200151102/posts/3081190981912662/?d=n&substory_index=0 A good option for your folks! Wish we had this up north! 🙂
I had my first visit to the VCB and met some fantastic people. I was given a tour of the facility and saw some amazing things that they offer. After the tour, I was given a warm welcome to the Knitting/Crocheting members. What a terrific bunch of ladies. Can't wait until my next visit. Thank you VCB for being there.
Wishing Kaylee a beautiful birthday! We miss you!!!
HI VCB....can you send me copies of the photos you took of the Fresno Pacific Table at Dining in the Dark last night?? Thanks!
California Resource Handbook specifically designed for use by the blind and visually impaired available for purchase. It includes the many organizations for the blind and visually impaired covering areas such as employment, housing, transportation, and more. It also includes contact information on the local, regional, and national level. For more information on pricing, formats available, and order form. Please contact Insightful Publications by email at [email protected]
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