The Hatlen Center, A Program of Junior Blind - AFB Directory Profile

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The Hatlen Center, A Program of Junior Blind
2430 Road 20 #B112
San Pablo, CA 94806-5005
(510) 234-4984 (Local)
(510) 234-4986 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Hatlen Center is the first transition program and was founded in 1972 by Dr. Philip Hatlen, retired Supt. of Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The Hatlen Center is a residential program that teaches people who are blind or visually impaired to live independently by actually living independently. Since 1972, the Center's learn-by-doing apartment setting has helped to empower generations of visually impaired people to take charge of their own lives.

The Hatlen Center is located in a 76-unit apartment complex in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center rents office/classroom space from the management, and the students live in eight, two-bedroom apartments. Each student has his/her own bedroom, and shares the dining room, kitchen, living room, and bathroom with a roommate.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 30-35
Number of staff: 9 full time and 2 part time
Staff description: 2 1/2 mobility instructors, 2 1/2 living skills instructors, 2 adaptive technology instructor, part time Executive Director, Program Director, Program Assistant, Night Aide
Geographic area served: Nationwide
Publications: Beyond TV Dinners (cookbook) and Skills Center Curriculum Guide, published by the American Printing House for the Blind. How to Succeed in College For Those Who Are Visually Impaired; Safety Handbook, Grocery Store Curriculum. Quick & Easy Expanded Core Curriculum by American Printing House


Faith Dunham-Sims, Orientation & Mobility Instructor and Job Readiness Instructor
Rachel Feinberg, Assistive Technology and Braille Instructor
Erin Foley, Program Director, (510) 234-4984,
Joyce Lerner, Living Skills and Orientation & Mobility Instructor
Patricia Maffei, Program Director, (510) 234-4984,
Samir Shaibi, Living Skills Instructor
Lee Staub, Orientation & Mobility Instructor
Arif Syed, Coordinator of Computer/Technology Center, (510) 234-4984,
Jenna Whitelaw, Orientation & Mobility Instructor

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction to its students.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of other adaptive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Provides assertiveness training and referrals to community services. Refers for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Performs broad evaluations and provides training in the following skills in client's apartment and in the community: cooking, cleaning, care of clothing, financial management and bill paying, orientation and mobility, adaptive technology, transition to college, housing, pre-vocationl skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides prevocational evaluation and training, career/skill counseling, follow-up service. Places students in part-time volunteer and/or paid positions.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides extensive information and referral services via telephone.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers camping, skiing, sea kayaking, shopping, hiking, regular informal exercise program, jogging, swimming, and yoga.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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