Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

aka CBVI   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  http://cbvi.org/
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Mission

The Mission of the Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired is to provide opportunities that will enhance the lives of the blind and visually impaired people of Kern County.

Ruling year info

1973

Principal Officer

Justin L. Cave

Main address

1721 Westwind Drive Suite B

Bakersfield, CA 93301 USA

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Formerly known as

Kern County Braille Center

EIN

23-7259272

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Computer and Assistive Technology Training

Tutorial sessions offer instruction in the use of large print and speech programs for the blind and visually impaired. Skills learned include basic keyboarding and terminology, creating and printing documents, Internet navigation and e-mail usage. One-on-one classes with computer lab time give each student ample opportunity for comprehensive computer training.

Population(s) Served

When vision loss occurs, learning to read and write Braille can be enormously helpful. At CBVI, our one-on-one Braille Instruction allows students learn to use Braille for making lists, taking notes, labeling and marking household items, writing letters, and reading books.

Population(s) Served

Routine activities of daily living may seem impossible to an individual who has recently experienced vision loss, and even to those who have been blind all their lives. In the comfort of a model apartment, CBVI's instructors teach new methods of doing familiar tasks like cooking, cleaning and identifying money by folding and marking. Clients are introduced to modern adaptive equipment such as color- and money-identifying tools, cooking appliances, and cleaning supplies, all of which they can purchase for themselves and use at home.

Population(s) Served

Certified Orientation & Mobility specialists instruct clients in safe navigation at home and in the community, including the fixed bus route system within the Bakersfield area. Using a white cane for tactile recognition, plus paying close attention to clues and landmarks, students gain independence and self-confidence to overcome the isolation that accompanies vision loss. This program also serves as a stepping-stone for clients desiring to obtain a guide dog.

Population(s) Served

Clients gather on Tuesdays for arts and crafts, to eat lunch and socialize together. With the support of volunteers, clients use their artistic talents to create beautiful ceramics, glass mosaic garden stones, baskets, afghans and more which are sold to benefit the center. Following a delicious lunch, there is entertainment including storytellers, local musical talent and mixer activities. This is a wonderful time to have fun and make new friends.

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Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph Chang

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Don Simpson

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Paul Leung

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Dilsher Dhoot

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