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Our History

Mission: To empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education, and training.

History: Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired was founded in 1936. It was incorporated as a 501 (c)(3), the Palo Alto Society for the Blind in 1945. Later in 1970, it was re-named Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and in 2005, adopted the current name, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

In 2003, Vista Center merged with the Doran Blind Center in Santa Cruz, which then became the Santa Cruz branch of Vista Center. The Doran Center was established by Ray Westman in Santa Cruz in 1979. More recently, in 2018, Vista Center acquired Santa Clara Valley Blind Center in San Jose and with that merger, became the only full-service, one-stop vision loss services provider in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.

Vista Center's approach is all encompassing and addresses the client's physical, emotional, and social needs. 

·         We provide no or low-cost vision loss rehabilitation and disability support services, and serve 3400 blind and visually impaired individuals annually across a four-county service area.

·         We serve clients of all ages regardless of ability to pay. Vista Center’s Vision Loss Rehabilitation Programs and Services are customized to meet individual needs with no fixed timeline for support. 

Vista Center strongly believes that vision loss need not be a barrier to independence.




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