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Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Human Services

Mission: Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired empowers individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training.

Target demographics: blind or visually impaired individuals of all ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,243 clients with Safe & Healthy Living, 764 clients with Low Vision Services , 206 Clients with Technology Services, and 2045 participants for Community Services, 1121 clients with Children and Youth Service

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties

Programs: Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a non-profit agency. We empower 3,000 + local individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training. Our highly professional and caring staff provide an array of individualized rehabilitation services in the client’s own environment or in one of our two centers. We provide comprehensive low vision services to individuals of all ages that live in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, who are threatened by loss of independence due to moderate or severe vision impairment. Our programs and services include: * Safe and Healthy Living: Social Services (Initial Assessment, Information & Referral), Orientation & Mobility (Hiking for Health), Adapted Daily Living Skills (Braille Instruction, Independent Medication Management, org). * Low Vision Services: Low Vision Clinic, Lighting Evaluations & Contrast Training * Technology Program: Tech Lab Days, Technology Users Group, Assistive Technology Training, Concierge (in home) services * Children & Youth Services: Family & Youth Activities, When I Grow Up, Teachers of the Visually Impaired/Orientation & Mobility * Services for the Community: Classroom Visits Outreach & Education, Professional Staff In-services, Intersection Evaluations Board Certification: Our instructional staff have Masters and are credentialed in their field of specialty. Our Low Vision Optometrists are Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry. Our three Low Vision Optometrists are Dr. Selma Chin (Palo Alto Low Vision Clinic), Dr. Marge Geronimo (Palo Alto Low Vision Clinic), and Dr. Jill Fajardo (Santa Cruz Clinic).

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Vista Blind Center and working with my clients is such a honor as my clients teach me things each visit.
The best feeling after leaving is knowing I helped my client get something so simple to us done for them that has been hard for them to accomplish. I enjoy every visit with my client and would recommend everyone to volunteer and take time out of their busy schedule to stop and help someone and let them know they are not forgotten. m know they are not forgotten.

Diane W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always volunteered and because I had a friend who had vision problems I decided to check into agencies which helped people who were visually impaired. I found VISTA Center and I was so impressed with their communication and efforts to introduce me to a client close by my home. I met this wonderful lady from Russia and although she may be a "client" of the agency I consider her a dear friend. She is such a strong woman and never gives up trying to learn new things. She has taught me so much and I enjoy our conversations over coffee and sushi! Thank you Vista Center for allowing me the privilege of having this fine lady in my life.

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Vista Center 11/27/2017

Diane, Thanks for your kind comments. We're so appreciative of you volunteering at Vista Center and glad that the client you were matched with has worked out so well! Thanks for making a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always had a great compassion for people with visual difficulties, well before my father and sister were diagnosed with macular degeneration. I recorded with "Recordings for the Blind" for 20 years and then lost my contact with the visually impaired. Then about 5 or 6 years ago I discovered Visa and thought I would give it a try. Since then I have had very rewarding and satisfying experiences with 3 different "clients". I put clients in quotations because I considered them to be friends for whom I could provide some aid. All 3 were very kind women who really appreciated the assistance I could provide. With one I helped her for a number of months doing a personal computer problem that required sight, for another I had the privilege of bringing her grocery shopping every other week for several years until she passed away, the last is a delightful woman who is isolated because of circumstances and I visit and read to/with her weekly. I have found each of my volunteer roles very meaningful.

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Vista Center 11/21/2017

Thank you so much for your story. Your work empowers clients to lead more independent lives!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago, I developed a medical condition that makes it difficult for me to read print. The staff at Vista Center taught me how to use my computer and phone non visually, which has allowed me to feel much more independent. I now put those skills to use as a volunteer editor for the Vista Center research updates, which they use to keep clients informed about the latest research on the most common eye conditions. I am really grateful that I can now use my scientific background to help people.

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Vista Center 11/21/2017

Thank you for your story! We're so happy that you were able to get the help you needed with Vista Center. And, we're thrilled that you are able to give back. Your editing of the broadcasts on the latest research means a lot to the many people who receive the information! Thanks!