EXPANDING HORIZONS * ENRICHING LIVES * EMPOWERING THE BLIND
Our mission is to empower and enrich the lives of the Blind and Visually Impaired Community. We provide the tools and opportunities through education and training, so those we serve may live full productive lives. We are committed to providing high quality State Certified programs, designed to promote the fullest integration into society and into the workforce.
November 12 - Lions Center for the Blind Partners with United States Association of Blind Athletes
In partnership with the United States Association of Blind Athletes, The Lions Center for the Blind is excited to provide blind and visually impaired teenagers the opportunity to increase their physical fitness levels and begin living a healthy and active lifestyle. Thanks to a grant from the WellPoint Foundation, The Lions Center, along with partnering agencies across the country, will be working with teens to become more fit and lose weight through a variety of fun and challenging activities. Each participating agency submits baseline data and monthly updates that are used to create and modify achievable fitness and weight loss goals for the teens to help them decrease their Body Mass Index. All participants receive a free 1-year membership with USABA. Participants who meet program criteria will receive additional prizes, and the top male and female participants will be invited to a USABA National Sports Camp to be held in June 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO.
For more information, or to join the Fitness Challenge, contact Scott Blanks at 510-450-1580 x263, or: Scott Blanks.
September 5, 2012 - Policy Matters: The Lions Center Reaches Out to National Policymakers
Lions Center Employment Services Specialist Serena Olsen (L) and Board Vice-President Larry Bunn (R) visited the Democratic National Convention on September 5th to participate in a national disability policy panel hosted by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Special guest participants included Governor David Paterson (C) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (not pictured). NFB Director of Strategic Communications Anil Lewis facilitated the discussion, kicked off with the topic of fair wages as is currently being unfairly implemented under Provision 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Effective skills training and education opportunities, employment, and the role of perceptions and expectations around disabled people were discussed, as well as health care, the accessibility of consumer and household technology, and the role of Universal Design. High level policy decisions have a great impact on the grassroots work of agencies like the Lions Center and we are eager to do our part in shaping the debate.
August 29, 20102 - CA 2012 Blind Invitiational Sailing Regatta Highlights
Watch a clip of Lions Center Staff participating in the the CA 2012 Blind Invitational Sailing Regatta in June. This 3 day event was hosted by the Island Yatch Club and the Marin Sailing School Program for the Blind.
August 14, 2012 - Downtown Berkeley participates in National Night Out
On Aug. 7th the Lions Center participated in BART's annual National Night Out event along with BART police officers and other local community organizations. Read more about the event in The Daily Californian News.
August 8, 2012 - 2012 Alice Chavez Pardini Education Advancement Grant
The San Francisco Chapter of the California Council of the Blind is pleased to announce the 2012 Alice Chavez Pardini Education Advancement Grant in honor of Alice Chavez Pardini. This $2,500 grant is open to a legally-blind student in grades 3-12, college, graduate school, or a certificate program who lives in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, or San Mateo counties. Please read the instructions and application to learn more about applying for this grant. Completed applications should be postmarked by October 31, 2012.
Updated Events Calendar
We have updated our events page with lots of upcoming Lions Center and community events. Check out what we're up to!
Low Vision Clinic
We are excited to announce that we have opened a Low Vision Clinic. Visit our Low Vision Clinic page to learn more about our clinic and low vision exams.
November 13, 2011 - Interview On ALICE 97.3
On November 13, 2011, Tina Coffield, Manager of Grants and Communications was interviewed by Alice 97.3 's Liz St. John regarding the Lions Center for the Blind and the programs we offer.
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