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Valley Center for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Valley Center for the Blind
3417 W. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 222-4447 (Local)
(559) 222-4844 (Fax)
info@valleycenterfortheblind.org
http://www.valleycenterfortheblind.org

Brief Description

Located in Fresno, Valley Center for the Blind has been providing services for the blind and visually impaired since 1975. What started as an idea for social and recreational services for the blind has grown into something so much more....and we are proud of it! VCB offers classes and resources for Fresno and the surrounding Madera, Kings and Tulare counties. Our staff is comprised of people who have a love for the Central Valley and a passion for helping those with vision loss. Always keeping up on the latest trends and technology for the visually impaired, we strive to keep our classes current and events fun. Losing sight doesn't mean losing hope. Here at VCB we hope to help you see it that way too!

Hours of operation: Mon.- Friday. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Number of staff: 15
Geographic area served: Fresno, Kern, Tulare, Madera Counties

Staff

Phoeng Gip, Director's Assistant, (559) 222-4447 102, phoeng@VCBfresno.org
Shellena Heber, Director of Operations, (559) 222-4447 107, sheber@vcbfresno.org
Ken Warkentin, Executive Director, (559) 222-4447 101, Ken@VCBFresno.org
Michelle Zaragoza, Marketing and Development Coordinator, (559) 222-4447 106, mzaragoza@vcbfresno.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Advocacy
    • Classes to help teach how to advocate for yourselves
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • We teach the basic alphabet and numbers. We also teach advanced shorthand braille if desired.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training with screen readers and magnification software.x
  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluation; peer support groups; individual, group, family/parent counseling. Provides referral to community services, refers and provides consultation to other agencies for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in activities of daily living, gesticulation, video magnifier, home management.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Refers for employment services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • In Low Vision classes, consumers are educated about the nature of their vision loss, the importance of environmental modifications (lighting, glare,contrast) and the availability of assistive low vision devices which best meet their needs.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts,knitting and crocheting, special programs for elderly,and bowling. Offers therapeutic recreation activities.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Training in cane travel and mobility needs for blind and visually impaired persons.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • We offer recreational activities such as bowling, arts and crafts and field trips during the summer break from school and once a month thereafter. We also provide instruction in cooking and personal grooming.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers placement in training and regular in-service training programs; open to enrollment from other agencies.
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