East Bay Center for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

East Bay Center for the Blind
2928 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703-2503
(510) 843-6935 (Local)
(510) 843-6006 (Fax)

Brief Description

Owned and operated by people who are blind, for more than sixty-five years, the Center was founded in 1939 when three blind people decided to establish a place for blind people to meet, share common problems, develop living skills, and have fun.

As a public benefits organization, the Center is open to both members and non-members, all of whom are welcome to participate in classes and social events. The East Bay Center for the Blind provides educational programs and classes, referral to community services and resources.

Social events include games such as cards and bingo, audiodescribed movies, an annual picnic, holiday parties and talent shows, bake sales, and other fundraising events. Classes include Braille and adaptive computer instruction, exercise, ceramics, music appreciation, memory enhancement and support.

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Staff description: 2 part-time staff members, 5 part-time teachers, about 15-20 volunteers.
Geographic area served: San Francisco Bay area.
Publications: quarterly newsletter, large print, braille, email, website.


Leah Gardner, Computer Instruction, (510) 510-, eastbaycenterfortheblind@gmail.com
Anita March, President
Patricia Nash, Braille Instructor,, (510) , eastbaycenterfortheblind@gmail.com
Jan Santos, General Manager

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes white canes and tips, braille supplies, and craft items. Products for sale on site. Assists elderly adults in procuring assistive devices.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers life-enrichment classes.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts, creative writing, chorus, music appreciation, and weekend social activities.
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