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Valley Center for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on improving and enhancing the lives of people with vision loss in California’s Central Valley.

3417 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93711

Telephone: (559) 222-4447

Fax: (559) 222-4844


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Valley Center for the Blind is a 501 (c)(3) organization, originally established in 1973 by Dr. Andrea Schwartz as “Friendship Center for the Blind,” and was intended as a place for those with vision loss to come together for support and bonding. The organization has now grown into a 5,000 sq. ft. rehabilitation center that provides instruction for blind and visually impaired persons to help with skills, confidence and independence. Their mission is as follows:

“At Valley Center for the Blind we join together in a spirit of dedication to assist blind and visually impaired persons in experiencing a more independent and opportunity filled life. These efforts are achieved through specialized methods of training and education provided by our professional staff. We believe that every individual, regardless of disability, can accomplish their desired goals provided the proper instruction and support.”

VCB teaches valuable subjects like Orientation and Mobility, Assistive Technology, Independent Living Skills and Braille, not only giving tools for everyday life but also as a gateway to employment. This organization also offers support groups and counseling services to encourage those with vision loss to stay connected with their community and overcome difficulties they may be facing. Creative Recreation is also a key part in the fun around VCB providing opportunities for artistic outlets for clients.

Through the specialized training provided at Valley Center for the Blind, clients are able to regain often high levels of independence. Those individuals who are visually impaired that come in for services often have issues with daily living skills such as getting dressed, making a meal or communicating over technology. With VCB’s help, clients reach incredible goals and are able to live independently, complete school and even hold steady employment. Anyone with vision loss is welcome to participate in the VCB programs, regardless of inability to pay. For those with goals of employment, the California Department of Rehabilitation works through VCB to build skills. VCB also seeks grant funding and private donations to cover training for clients who do not qualify for DOR funding. Together, we can help those with vision loss build a brighter and more independent future.