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For Immediate Release Thursday, January 31, 2019
Media Contact:
Kaleo Waxman, Director of Development
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
650-858-0202 ext. 118


Vista Center Expands to San Jose

Palo Alto, CA – January 31, 2019 – Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired – a leading nonprofit in evaluation, counseling, education and training services for the blind and visually impaired – announced today the merger/acquisition of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center (SCVBC) located at 101 North Bascom Avenue.

SCVBC has provided critical social/recreation services and life skills programs to the blind and visually impaired community in the San Jose area since the 1950s.  To continue to innovate and expand services, Pam Brandin, the driving force behind the union, states that “a merger [with Vista Center] is synergistic and timely.” The move will allow the incorporation of additional clinical services into San Jose such as a low vision clinic, instructional services (orientation and mobility, daily living skills training), and youth services. 

John Glass, former member of the SCVBC Board of Directors who worked tirelessly to complete the merger, believes “with Vista Center’s highly trained staff and expertise to provide much needed rehabilitation services, Vista Center will leverage the San Jose facility to a much greater advantage by serving more clients, and building partnerships and support with tech companies and their employees.”

This merger provides Vista Center its third branch office in California, expanding services within the counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and San Benito.  The San Jose branch will soon offer an expanded range of vision loss rehabilitation services to an increasing number of people in the area.

About Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
For over 80 years, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has empowered individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Vista Center is able to offer life-changing services and programs due to the generous support of the community - including financial contributions from grantors, foundations, and individuals; in-kind donations; and volunteerism. 

More information about Vista Center’s services and programs can be found at the organizations website:

Contact Information:
Karae Lisle, Executive Director
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired