Teaching a child to read braille
Fingertips on braille page
Blind child making the peace sign

Lighting Paths

Image Alt Text

to Independence

Photo of blind man

Serving San Joaquin County Since 1949!

COVID-19 UPDATE (posted June 30, 2020)

As of June 30, 2020, San Joaquin County Public Health Services has not yet allowed community centers to reopen. We at CCBVI understand the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on our clients and we are eager to get back to assisting, aiding and teaching critical life skills to those who are blind and visually impaired. Please know that it is the intention of CCBVI to get back to usual and customary Center operations as soon as it is permitted by county government and safe to do so. In the meantime, CCBVI continues to offer services--access technology, braille, independent living skills, support groups, workshops, and more--remotely. Please contact Director of Client Services Elsie Hirata by phone at (209) 466-3836, extension 201 or e-mail at elsieh@communitycenterfortheblind.org for information.

We wish all of you and yours good health during this crisis.

COVID-19 UPDATE (posted May 22, 2020)

As responsible business professionals and workers, we continue to follow the State's mandates and guidelines for COVID-19 and Phase 2 of the stay-at-home order. Everyone at CCBVI hopes you and yours are well, safe and healthy. In these unprecendented times, we feel strongly we shall prevail and want all of you to know that we are here for you, working together as a community.

Upon Governor Newsom's mandate, we re-engineered operations and jobs to be able to offer tele-remote services along with new programs, keeping our participants connected and informed of daily happenings. We rose to the challenge of this pandemic by implementing an entirely new mode of instruction and information delivery.

We would like to share with you that CCBVI's Executive Director and Board of Directors are working diligently to incorporate the changes necessary to reopen slowly and fulfill even more services. Although uncertain of the exact timeline for reopening the Center (as information changes daily with local, state and federal governments), we assure you we have taken all necessary precautions and put new procedures in place for the safety, care, and well being of all.

We have ordered personal protection equipment (PPE) for CCBVI staff and implemented physical distancing measures as part of our "new normal", along with hand sanitizers in every office and department. If a participant and/or guest is unable to obtain a mask, CCBVI will provide a mask upon entrance to the facility. Restroom faucets and paper towel and soap dispensers will be electronic for everyone's safety and convenience. CCBVI also will conduct daily temperature checks on all who enter the building and sanitize the facility and equipment on an hourly basis.

As we adopt these new protocols, we ask you to use your best judgement when considering a visit to the Center. Should you not feel well or display any COVID-19 symptoms, please notify CCBVI and self-isolate yourself for the sake of others who may be more vulnerable. Together, we will adapt to this "new normal" and be stronger and healthier for our efforts. Thank you for your patience during this pandemic. We are eager to resume full operations for our community, delivering the much needed services for independent living.

Please call us at 209.466.3836, extension 200 or send an e-mail to info@communitycenterfortheblind.org should you have any questions or concerns.

WEBSITE NAVIGATION ISSUE (effective June 30, 2020)

Please be aware that the CCBVI website is experiencing some navigation issues. We have submitted a trouble ticket to our web services provider for issue resolution; CCBVI is in the queue for service. COVID-19, however, has resulted in the provider being extremely busy; CCBVI has been assured the provider will address the issue as soon as possible. Both CCBVI and the web services provider apologize for any inconvenience this causes and appreciate your patience.

Adult Programs

 Women use white canes to navigate a BART station.

Vision rehabilitation-learning to cope with vision loss combined with training in communication skills, daily living skills and orientation and mobility enables people who have lost their vision to develop new skills that allow them to remain independent.

Learn More


Photo of person standing at the edge of a curb with white cane

Services are free, but can continue only through special events and the generosity of the community. You can help someone open a door to independence by making a tax deductible contribution.

Donate Today

Youth Programs

Image of girl reading braille

Vision loss does not limit your child’s potential. Our programs will reinforce your child’s self-confidence, skills, stimulating youth to dream about the future while familiarizing them with the tools and resources to achieve those goals.

Learn More


Photo of child and trainer next to horse

Strengthen your community by making a positive impact no matter how you engage. You are strengthening your community for yourself and others. Connect and volunteer with us today!

Volunteer Today