by Araceli Gonzalez

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Stockton knows me as Araceli Gonzalez, a 47 year old woman with three amazing children. My diagnosis is Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). My vision began to diminish little by little, beginning at age 12.

I started to receive services from Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in October 2018. When I first came to the Center, I would travel only from the lobby to the classroom, and vice‑versa. In December, I received my white cane and immediately felt at ease with myself. I started to participate more. Now, I feel a part of this wonderful family. This is something I should have started many years ago.

Twice a week for two hours each session, I attend my assistive technology (AT) class. I also take independent living and orientation and mobility (O&M) classes. I feel my independence has been given back to me. My self‑esteem has grown. I am walking through town by myself with my new “best friend”—my white cane. Even the computer and iPhone have become my good buddies. I am a happier person thanks to CCBVI.

Upcoming Events

Summer youth STEAM and Summer Teen TREK

Advertisement image of a leg and white cane standing in a field with the CCBVI Lighthouse logo in the top right.  Text includes STEAM July 8th - 12th ages 8 - 13 soft skills, technology, environment activities, arts, math, field trips, culinary, braille, daily living skills... Summer Trek July 15th - 19th ages 14 - 18 summertime Recreation Education & Knowledge, practical life experience, prepare for colleges and careers, make lasting connections with others in San Joaquin county who have visual impairments.  Community center for the blind and visually impaired. Signups available by contacting CCBVI at 209 466 3836 ext 201 like us on Facebook and Twitter 209 466 3836

Join Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired's summer programming for youth and teens ages 8 through 18.  July 8th through 12th for ages 8 through 13 for Summer STEAM and July 15th through 19th Ages 14 through 18.  Day-long events will begin at our offices in Stockton and will conclude by 4pm daily.  For more information call 209.466.3836 ext 201.

Lions Fall Classic Golf Tournament Benefitting CCBVI

Lions Fall Classic Golf Tournament Flier on September 13th 2019

SAVE THE DATE - 3rd Annual Dining in the Dark October 19, 2019

Having Fun & Raising Money to Provide Crucial Services for the People in San Joaquin County Who Are Blind

Image of San Joaquin Magazine featuring an article about the Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Image of San Joaquin Parents Magazine Cover with CCBVI ad.

Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired was the topic of a recent article in SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE! Check out the article about our recent fundraiser!

Quarterly YAGA Workshops (Young Adults Graduating and Advancing)

Identify StrengthsSolve ProblemsImprove Social SkillsBuild Self-Esteem

  • Assistive Technology
  • College Prep and Information Tours
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Resources/Information
  • Social Media
  • Support Network

As featured in the SAN JOAQUIN PARENTS MAGAZINE, Sept/Oct 2016 Edition.