Vista Center empowers individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education, and training.
Vista Center is the premier service provider for people who are blind or have low vision from ages 3 to 103, offering a complete range of rehabilitative services to residents of the Bay Area and beyond.
Palo Alto Society for the Blind opened in 1936 as a home open to anyone in Palo Alto living with blindness or visual impairment.
With a shift over the years from residential services to fostering independent living, the name changed to Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 1970, with a final name change in 2005 to Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Since 2001, Vista has been the only provider of services in San Benito County, an area previously unserved. Doran Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Santa Cruz merged with Vista Center in 2007 and in 2018, Santa Clara Valley Blind Center (SCVBC) in San Jose joined the team.
Such growth has greatly increased our capacity to serve thousands of clients with a robust array of geographically centered services and classes, in complement to our existing itinerant services model.
Vista staff members are key to mission delivery, bringing a wide array of
professional experience and a genuine desire to improve the lives of others.
Vista board members contribute valuable expertise to fulfill our mission,
reaching into the many communities we serve, so that all voices are heard.
Community leaders and emeritus board members serve in many roles to advance the work of Vista Center, individually and on ad hoc committees coordinating events and special initiatives.
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