Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
1721 Westwind Drive
Suite B
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 322-5234 (Local)
(661) 322-1176 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) was founded in 1950 as a volunteer-run organization for braille education and recreational activities. Today, CBVI's mission is to provide rehabilitation programs for greater independence to adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 85
Number of staff: 7
Staff description: Certified O&M instructors, professional rehabilitation teacher, computer instructor, and low vision consultant.
Geographic area served: Kern County
Publications: Inner Vision (newsletter).


Raye Bugnosen, Director of Programs and Client Services,
Justin Cave, Executive Director,
Dane Geer, Computer Technology Instructor,
Nancy Hill, Adjustment to Vision Loss Instructor,
Stan Scharry, O&M Instructor,
Michelle Smith, Independent Living Skills Instructor,
Carla Woorley, Braille Instructor,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes low vision devices, canes, talking watches and clocks, large-print cards, puzzles and cookbooks, magnifiers, and handcrafted gifts. Products for sale on site.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides training to care providers and acts as resource for local senior centers, convalescent homes, and retirement centers.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Provides support groups, including emotional support and practical advice for living with vision loss.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living skills.
  • Information and Referral
    • Connects consumers to other organizations and agencies to provide additional assistance. Provides referrals for low vision services.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains a library of descriptive videos, books on tape, and braille materials.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts and field trips.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups for adults.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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