San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Vision Rehabilitation Services That Rebuild Independence

San Diego, CA   |  www.sdcb.org

Mission

The mission of the San Diego Center for the Blind is to increase the abilities of any adult with blindness or vision impairment to reach their own highest level of independence.

Ruling year info

1990

CEO

Kim Z. Gibbens

Co Principal Officer

NA

Main address

5922 El Cajon Blvd

San Diego, CA 92115 USA

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EIN

95-3076944

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Vision loss, including total blindness to changing vision, is often an overwhelming personal catastrophe. When you consider that in our society close to 80% of the information we receive is through sight, the impact of blindness becomes more critical. With the loss of sight other losses follow, such as loss of occupation, education, mobility (driving and traveling safely and efficiently), and self-esteem. These losses have profound consequences not only for the vision impaired person, but for the family and society as well.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vision Rehabilitation

Sight is a unique phenomenon; therefore, the approaches to coping with its loss are also unique. The core vision rehabilitation program offered at no charge to clients provides classes in safety, kitchen, independent living, sensory awareness, adjustment counseling and resource information for the blind and vision impaired. Additional training is offered in orientation and mobility, keyboarding skills and Braille, and the use of specialized computer hardware and software designed for the blind and vision impaired. SDCB also provides low vision services through assessment, product recommendation and training. Low vision services are provided by a Optometrist with a specialty in low vision services and a Occupational Therapist with a specialty in low vision.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with vision impairments

The Low Vision Clinic (LVC) will provide Low Vision Optometric Evaluations and Prescribe low vision aids including specialized eye wear and magnification systems. In addition, the LVC will provide Low Vision Occupational Therapist services to assess and train low vision patients on vision training and proper use of Low Vision products.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To provide the necessary services, including independent living skills, adjustment to vision loss counseling, assessment and training with the appropriate assistive technology (including accessible computer software, and low vision magnification systems), so that the individual with no vision to those with changing vision are able to live an independent lifestyle. This would include but no be limited to returning to work, school or being able to continue living at home. Build the capacity to serve more patients in the Low Vision Clinic.

The San Diego Center for the Blind has been providing vision rehabilitation services in San Diego County for over 40 years and has developed a comprehensive program and service delivery that safely and efficiently returns the individual with no vision to those with changing vision to an independent lifestyle. The following strategies have been developed to achieve our mission:

Low Vision Clinic and Assistive Technology Center & Store: Low vision screening and assessment is provided by a Low Vision Optometrist and a Low Vision Occupational Therapist. Patients are assessed and prescribed low vision aids are trained on the use of low vision equipment such as handheld, portable and desktop magnifiers. In addition, clients are assessed and evaluated for lighting, sunshades and more. This is the only facility of its kind in San Diego County. We provide a wide range of products for individuals with no vision to those with changing vision. Products include: Magnifiers, lighting, kitchen aids, accessible computer hardware and software, time pieces and more. Individuals are able to be assessed for their needs and requirements and try out various types of equipment that will best help them to achieve their goals.
Counseling: Making the transition from being a fully sighted member of the community to one of being non- or partially sighted can be an overwhelming, if not a traumatic, event. Our instruction and counseling focuses on making this transition as smooth and successful as possible, particularly for individuals who are in an emotionally fragile state following sight loss. Once the goals of the individual have been reached, the blind or vision impaired adult is better able to return to an independent lifestyle. Professional staff include Clinical Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Rehabilitation Counselors.
Independent Living Skills: We offer an extensive schedule of all the courses necessary to train individuals in essential life skills including safety skills, daily living skills, sensory awareness, kitchen skills and more -- all designed to ensure successful independence.
Orientation and Mobility: Training on how to travel safely and efficiently is critical for the individual with vision loss to continue living as independently as possible. This includes the proper use of white canes, utilizing public transportation and traveling safely at home, in the neighborhood, city, state and abroad. This is a highly specialized course taught by master degreed certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists.
Communication Skills: Training is provided to those with vision on how to navigate a keyboard which is necessary in order to access computers using various hardware and software specifically designed for someone with no vision to those with changing vision. In addition, instruction on reading and writing Braille are provided as well.

The San Diego Center for the Blind (SDCB) is the only private, non-profit community based organization
of its kind in all of San Diego County. SDCB provides a wide range of vision rehabilitation services and operates a comprehensive assistive technology center and store.

SDCB provides the highest quality of professional services striving to continue to meet the expectations of the clients we serve and their family. In addition SDCB adheres to the ethical and professional standards from a number of organizations that are represented by our staff. SDCB is a model vision rehabilitation agency that provides an accessible facility by utilizing specific way-finding design techniques. SDCB is currently approved by the State and Federal governments as a private not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

SDCB management has over 70 years of combined experience in non-profit management and specifically managing independent livings skills vision rehabilitation program for OIB. This includes client financial and facility management. SDCB utilizes a HIPPA compliant database system to track client progress which includes both process and outcome. An onsite controller utilizes currently accepted bookkeeping procedures and utilizes an outside CPA to conduct annual audits and prepare necessary IRS required documents. A fleet manager oversees the drivers and maintenance and record keeping of the Centers eight wheelchair accessible buses.

SDCB provides the following services: Low vision assessment and training, Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology training, Orientation and Mobility, Communication skills (Braille, keyboard skills, recording devices and writing skills), Independent Living Skills, Adjustment to Vision Loss Counseling,

Our staff of professional for the the rehabilitation program are trained in this very specialized field and half of the staff are blind and vision impaired. Specifically, vision rehabilitation staff include both Certified Low Vision Specialists and Orientation and Mobility Specialists from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP), and Licensed Clinical Psychologists. SDCB is also an approved training site for graduate students in clinical psychology, social work and rehabilitation counseling.

SDCB's program service delivery system has become a recognized model for providing timely and efficient vision rehabilitation services to adults with no vision to those with changing vision.

The Low Vision Clinic is providing low vision screening by a low vision optometrist, and the necessary technology and training by a low vision occupational therapists.

Increase the numbers of individuals who receive either vision rehabilitation services, Low Vision Clinic Services or both.

Continue to monitor and assess the changing needs of the population with vision loss.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve adults who have no vision to those with changing vision. The mission of the San Diego Center for the Blind is to increase the abilities of any adult with blindness or vision impairment to reach their own highest level of independence.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Pre-Post-Followup self reports from clients on their level(s) of independence,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has created a stronger relationship with with our clients, staff and the community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Board of directors
as of 8/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Steve Haselhorst


Board co-chair

Kim Foote

Woodbury Financial

Term: 2021 - 2021

Stephen Haselhorst

Property Manager-Thomas Realtors, Retired

Napolean White

US Navy-Retired

Kim Foote

Woodbury Financial

Keith Kerchenfaut

Department of Rehabilitation, Retired

Lorie White

Eye care professional

Jack Dapra

Security Professional, Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/10/2021,

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.