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California Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Agencies at a Glance

Government 

  • California Dept. of Social Services

Library and Media Services 

  • California State Library

Nonprofit and Private Organizations -

  • Blindness Support Services
  • Braille Institute
  • California Council of the Blind
  • Guide Dogs of the Blind
  • Society for the Blind

Schools and Vocational Training

  • California School for the Blind

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Government Agencies


California Department of Social Services

Referral services are available to any individual regardless of income. OSB has published the Handbook of Resources and Services for Persons Who Are Blind or Low Vision, a comprehensive directory of social, financial, medical, and technology related to services and products available throughout the State. The Handbook is an invaluable guide to products and services designed to assist individuals coping with vision loss to maximize their capacity for self-esteem and self-sufficiency and can be downloaded from this website in either PDF or text format. 

Office of Services to the Blind

744 P Street, MS 9-7-96
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 657-3327 (Voice)
(916) 651-0602 (Fax)
You may also email us at: BlindAccess@dss.ca.gov

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Library and Media Services


California State Library

In connection to the National Library Services for people with print disabilities. Talking (audio) and braille books by mail, downloadable books and magazines via desktop or mobile app, descriptive videos, and audio playback equipment are available for loan — free of charge — to Californians unable to read conventional print due to a visual or physical disability.

These services can be accessed on the website, inquiring at your local library, or the main locations at;

  • STANLEY MOSK LIBRARY & COURTS BUILDING

914 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

Monday–Friday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Information Services Section, Government Publications Section, Witkin State Law Library

  • CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY BUILDING

900 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-4869

Tuesday–Thursday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Braille and Talking Book Library, California History Section

Tuesday–Thursday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Braille and Talking Book Library, California History Section

  • SUTRO LIBRARY

J. Paul Leonard Library 5th Floor
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Tuesday–Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:0

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Nonprofit and Private organizations


Blindness Support Services, Inc.

Dedicated to teaching those who are blind or have visual impairments to become more independent and adapt to the challenges they have.

Services:

  • Assistive Technology Training
  • Orientation and Mobility Training
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Children
  • Braille
  • Department of Older Adults
  • Travel Training

3696 Beatty Drive
Riverside, CA 92506

(951) 341-9244

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Braille Institute

Free services provided online, in-person, and on the phone for people of all ages who are experiencing vision loss. Through individual and small groups programs, students and patrons learn new ways to do the things they love.

Locations:

527 North Dale Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92801

74-245 Highway 111 #E101
Palm Desert, CA 92260

24411 Ridge Route Drive #130
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

6974 Brockton Avenue #100
Riverside, CA 92506

9635 Granite Ridge Dr. #130
San Diego, CA 92123

2031 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

www.brailleinstitute.org/


California Council of the Blind

As a statewide membership organization, CCB's mission is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all Californians who are blind and visually impaired. Through CCB's office in Sacramento and its 40 local chapters and statewide special interest associations, the Council provides information and referral, technical assistance, advocacy, leadership development, publications, emergency funds, accessible technology loans, and scholarships.

2143 Hurley Way, Suite 102
Sacramento, CA 95825

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday-Friday

Toll-Free in California: 800-221-6359
Outside California: 916-441-2100
ccotb@ccbnet.org

www.ccbnet.org/


Guide Dogs for the Blind

At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we have three core client programs: 

  • Guide Dog Program: matching people with highly-trained guide dogs.
  • Orientation & Mobility Immersion Program: teaching orientation and mobility tactics for safe, independent travel, including the skills that are most relevant to guide dog mobility.
  • K9 Buddy Program: matching both children and adults with specially selected dogs to be their pets and companions.

We also have a lineup of informational events (both in person and virtual) for people interested in learning more about our programs and the guide dog lifestyle, as well as comprehensive programs for youth and young adults. 

All of our services are provided free of charge, and we serve people from throughout the United States and Canada. 

National Headquarters:

P.O. Box 151200
San Rafael, California
94915-1200

800-295-4050

California Campus

350 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael, CA 94903

Phone: 415.499.4000

www.guidedogs.com


Society for the Blind

A full-service nonprofit agency providing services and programs for people who are blind or have low vision. Serving 27 counties in Northern California, Society for the Blind is located in Midtown Sacramento and has been serving our community for more than 60 years.

Some services are:

  • Low vision clinic
  • Youth programs
  • 55+ programs
  • Classes
  • Braille Production and Training
  • CareerPlus

1238 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 452-8271

info@societyfortheblind.org

Societyfortheblind.org

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Schools and Vocational Training


California School for the Blind

Provides intensive, disability-specific educational services to students who have primary learning needs related to their visual impairment. The school serves as a statewide resource to provide expertise to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and families in evidenced based assessment, specialized curriculum, cutting-edge research and technology, and innovative models of instruction that prepare students for adult life.

Vision

In partnership with Local Education Agencies (LEAs), families, students, and community constituents, the California School for the Blind strives to create an atmosphere where high expectations and mutual respect between all staff and students is valued to ensure positive outcomes for academic and life skills success in a technologically-advanced society.

500 Walnut Avenue

Fremont, CA 94536

(510)794-3800

www.csb-cde.ca.gov

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