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Candy holding oars in a blue kayak on the water with harbor boats in background

Meet Candy! Five years ago, Candy moved back to the Bay Area to be closer to her family.  It was a time of challenging transitions – finding a new home, learning how to navigate the public transportation, and to come to terms with her vision loss.  She felt that she had lost “who she was”, no longer an active member of the community or an avid outdoors woman….then she found Vista Center.

“I started to work with one of Vista Center’s wonderful case workers, and she helped me feel better about my vision loss and new realities, and encouraged me to take control of my journey by attending classes and joining Vista Center’s support and recreational groups.  At Vista Center I was surrounded by people who empowered me to believe that I could do whatever I wanted to do.  They taught me skills that allowed me to push obstacles out of my way so that I could once again be me – a passionate adventurer!” Candy shared.

In December of 2018, Candy was awarded the title of Volunteer of the Year from the Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) organization having guided the most sea-kayak adventures for individuals with special needs in one season.  Candy isn’t stopping there either; she plans to start training to be a white water rafting guide and is looking to become a personal trainer for both visually impaired and sighted clients in 2019.  “My heart led me to Vista Center and Vista Center led me back to adventures – I live my life the way I want to with passion and adventure!”

Karae Lisle Named Executive Director at Vista Center

We believe that vision loss need not be a barrier to independence

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the premier regional one-stop resource provider for vision loss and rehabilitation,  For more than 75 years,  Vista Center has offered a range of comprehensive services to empower clients to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Benito counties. 


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"Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a crucial organization that affords individuals the opportunity to live an independent life.
Having grown up with two blind parents I have first hand knowledge of the life changing support Vista Center provides in assisting individuals suddenly faced with blindness."

Jim Plunkett, former Vista Center board member