Vision loss is no longer a barrier to independence

Vista Center empowers individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training. 

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Your gift supports critical services and programs that restore hope, promote independence, create opportunities, and transform lives for more than 3,700 blind or visually impaired individuals.

Vista Center changes lives


Clients aged 3–107 served in the Bay Area, schools throughout California and a growing online community.


Unique programs and services for youth, adults, and seniors are offered online, in-person, at-home and at three locations.


Hours of service are provided to our clients annually.

Impact Stories

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Jackye McClure

Two years after discovering a minor abnormality in her eyes, Jackye realized she could no longer read traffic signs and soon had to stop working. At Vista, she found a community of people who share her realities, fears, and tears – as well as compassion, respect, and empathy.


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Luke Lin

For Luke Lin, as an avid golfer and aspiring computer engineer, losing his sight in 9th grade triggered depression and grief as the future Luke dreamed of suddenly felt unattainable. Today, he is a successful college student.


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Graham Norwood

After completely losing his vision following a surgical procedure, Graham began to struggle to perform on stage or pursue his education. Vista Center helped him regain a sense of capability and to go out into a complex world and do anything he wanted to do.


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John Larijani
John Larijani first discovered Vista Center fourteen years ago, fresh from a too-early retirement and needing to learn more about computers.  Today, you’ll find him in San Jose three days a week, in ceramics class, in tech training, taking recreation or enjoying the Wednesday lunch with friends.


Vista Center gave me my life back!
As a client, I received orientation and mobility training, took advantage of computer training, and attended support groups to learn to cope with my vision loss. I will do everything I can to make sure others get the help I received.
SUZANNE WILCOX Client and Past Board Member

Vista Center Programs & Services

Maximize independence and embrace life to the fullest through Vista Center’s wide range of programs and services.

Specialized Low Vision Optometrists evaluate clients to recommend tools and services that fit their individual needs.
Empowering training programs and recreational activities for adults who are blind or have low vision.
Educational and social opportunities specifically designed for students living with vision loss.
Vista Center provides individualized services to meet each student’s educational needs.
Partnership opportunities for local organizations and businesses that engage the community through education, advocacy and accessibility
Mental health programs and activities for youth and adults who are blind or have low vision.

Low Vision Clinic examination

Low Vision Clinics

Vista Center’s Low Vision Optometrists carefully measure our client’s functional vision by using equipment, lighting, and techniques designed specifically for those with low vision.

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Vista Center Health Library

The Health Library at Vista Center is dedicated to providing accessible health information and resources to help people with vision loss understand their conditions and keep abreast of new treatments and research findings.

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Retail Stores

Vista Center’s consumer store is stocked with a variety of products that provide practical solutions for adapting to life with vision loss.

Purchase items like white canes, talking clocks, and large print calendars by scheduling an appointment at one of our three locations.

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Serving the Bay
Area since 1936

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired empowers individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training. Serving the Bay Area and beyond, Vista Center is able to offer life-changing services and programs thanks to the generous support of our community though contributions, grants, in-kind donations and volunteerism.

Visit the Vista Center nearest to you

San Jose

101 N. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 295-4016

Santa Cruz

3315 Mission Drive, Suite B
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 458-9766

Palo Alto

2500 El Camino Real, Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 858-0202

Partners & Sponsors

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Earning your trust for over 85 years

Our Leadership

Meet Vista Center’s dedicated team of professional and volunteer leaders.

Leadership Team
Board of Directors
Advisory Committees

Statements & Docs

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Audited Financials
990 Tax Forms
Annual Report

Donor Resources

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