The Center for the Visually Impaired is a non-profit agency dedicated to serving blind and visually impaired individuals. Our goal is to enhance the lives and opportunities of our clients through job training, and employment, Independent Living, Technology training and children’s services as well as a multitude of community services. To ensure that blind and visually impaired individuals lead successful lives in their workplace, at home, and in their community, the Center for the Visually Impaired’s long term commitment to our mission has been in place since 1988.
Devon was referred to the children’s program when he was 8 years old. He is totally blind and a very bright boy. Devon wanted to improve his technology skills to enhance his academic progress. He began training with one of our instructors who is also totally blind, and they immediately bonded. Devon made significant progress in learning how to effectively use JAWS (a screen reader for blind individuals) to read books and access other printed material in the classroom. Devon also wanted to learn Unified English Braille (UEB) Code, which is an English language Braille code standard which helps the blind interact with their environment.
Clara, Shirley and Jim were referred to the Center for the Visually Impaired due to significant vision loss. They attended the Independent Living Class, which is taught in a group setting. The students learned how to do everyday tasks such as managing in the home, shopping and traveling safely in their community. They all feel that the training literally changed their lives.
When Stacey was referred to the Center for the Visually Impaired for technology training, She was unemployed but very eager to find the right job. She already had an associates degree but wanted to complete her studies and obtain a B.A. In order to help her to accomplish her goals, we developed a training program that supported her with instruction. Prior to completing her B.A. degree, the center was closely involved in all aspects of her studies, assisting her with homework assignments, improving her technology skills and finding the best employment opportunity for her. She is now employed with the State of Florida.
Join us and step into the shoes of a blind person for a night while enjoying a gourmet meal, making great memories, and helping the Center for the Visually Impaired continue to offer life-changing services to our blind and visually impaired community.Read Article
We are thrilled to announce that our esteemed host for the evening will be former NASA astronaut and retired United States Navy Captain, Captain Winston Scott.Read Article
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