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Vista Center, Santa Cruz - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Vista Center, Santa Cruz
413 Laurel Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 458-9766 (Local)
(831) 426-6233 (Fax)

Brief Description

Vista Center, Santa Cruz is part of Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which has headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Clients served on average per year: 150
Number of staff: 5
Geographic area served: Santa Cruz County
Publications: Community and client newsletters


Pam Brandin, Executive Director, (650) 858-0202 119,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Maintains a store that offers aids and devices, such as kitchen and writing aids, talking products, and replacement canes, that make it easier to live with vision loss.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • An Internet Cafe provides assistive computer technology at no charge to clients. Training is available upon request.
  • Counseling
    • Provides counseling and support groups.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living skills.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluations and dispenses optical aids and other low vision devices; has low vision education classes, "Choices and Changes."
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers weaving and exercise classes.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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