Earle Baum Center of the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Earle Baum Center of the Blind
4539 Occidental Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 523-3222 (Local)
(707) 636-2768 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Earle Baum Center of the Blind (EBC) is a nonprofit regional community center, serving the blind and visually impaired from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. The EBC is a certified vendor of the State Department of Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration and receives referrals for training. EBC also works with private pay students and offers partial scholarships based in a sliding scale according to student's income. Local support groups and other organizations that serve the blind meet at the facility. They include the California Council of the Blind, Blind Veterans Association, Veterans Administration VIST Program, Santa Rosa/Sebastopol Macular Degeneration Support Group, Thursday Thinkers Support Group, and the Blind Babies Foundation.

Hours of operation: Mon - Thur 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fri 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Clients served on average per year: 500
Number of staff: 15
Geographic area served: Northern California
Publications: Earle Baum Newsletter


Kati Aho, Director of Programs and Quality, (707) 281-1090, aho@earlebaum.org
Jeff Harrington, Director, Assistive Technology Specialist, harrington@earlebaum.org
Susan Hirshfield, Independent Living Specialist
Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor
Patricia Jefferson, Low Vision Specialist, (707) 636-0133, jefferson@earlebaum.org
Regina Kutches, Orientation & Mobility and Independent Living Skills Specialist
Jacques Law, Senior Assistive Technology Specialist, (707) 703-9046, law@earlebaum.org
Cathy Mulhern, Assistive Technology Instructor, (707) 206-8486, mulhern@earlebaum.org
Dan Needham, President and CEO
Beverly Nunes, Office Manager, (707) 523-3222, nunes@earlebaum.org
Nick O'Riley, Low Vision Clinic Coordinator, (707) 523-3222, oriley@earlebaum.org
Leigh Thorsen, Volunteer Coordinator, (707) 284-1089, thorsen@earlebaum.org
Denise Vancil, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
Ahlia Warren, Student Counselor, (707) 523-3222, warren@earlebaum.org
Maura Wong Cooper, Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Reading and writing instruction in Braille: Practical use of Braille includes labeling such items as foods, files, clothing, games and more. Course content is based on individual needs.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Evaluates skills and needs; offers instruction in the use of adaptive hardware and software, such as computers, note-takers, cell phones, screen readers, and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) systems.
  • Counseling
    • Designed to address an individual's emotional adjustment to sight loss.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Teaches adaptive skills for cooking, hygiene, shopping, financial management, cleaning, clothing color matching, and more.
  • Low Vision Services
    • A Low Vision Optometrist evaluates the patients' current visual abilities and explores vision aids to help maximize current vision.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers tap dance classes, Art History through Touch and Sound, craft classes, fitness classes, and yoga classes.
  • Support Groups
    • Support groups located in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake counties are open to visually impaired seniors age 55+.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Teaches the physical and communications skills required to travel independently, safely and confidently through one’s environment.
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