A Happier Me
by Araceli Gonzalez
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.
Summer youth STEAM and Summer Teen TREK
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.
Having Fun & Raising Money to Provide Crucial Services for the People in San Joaquin County Who Are Blind
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 Strengths ♦ Solve Problems ♦ Improve Social Skills ♦ Build Self-Esteem
- Assistive Technology
- College Prep and Information Tours
- Job Seeking Skills
- Social Media
- Support Network
As featured in the SAN JOAQUIN PARENTS MAGAZINE, Sept/Oct 2016 Edition.