San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired
5922 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 583-1542 (Local)
(619) 583-2335 (Fax)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1,200
Number of staff: 32 paid staff, 50 volunteers
Geographic area served: San Diego County
Publications: Quarterly Newsletter


1385 Bonair Road
Vista, CA 92084-4164


Kim Gibbens, Executive Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • The Assistive Technology Center and Store carries a wide range of aids for blind and visually impaired individuals, including magnifiers, kitchen aids, writing guides, desktop and portable magnifiers, accessible computer software, and talking watches and clocks.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in Braille
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Evaluations and training to determine which computer software and other technology may be beneficial for each individual
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, group, family, and outreach counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in activities of daily living, keyboarding, computer skills, resource information, sensory awareness, kitchen skills, and transition to community.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Comprehensive low vision evaluations with a low vision rehabilitation residency-trained optometrist to determine appropriate low vision aids (magnifiers, microscopes, spectacle-mounted or monocular telescopes, prisms for visual field awareness, filters, electronic magnification devices, etc.), training, and other vision rehabilitation services. Low vision training (including but not limited to instruction in eccentric viewing, visual scanning, and/or use of low vision aids) with an occupational therapist with specialized training in low vision rehabilitation
  • Support Groups
    • Offers a number of support groups to assist individuals as they move into a more independent lifestyle
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and mobility training with certified orientation and mobility specialists who teach techniques so that individuals are able to safely and confidently navigate the environment
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