• Slide 1: image of a man using a white cane with the sun setting behind him
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  • Slide 3: image of a client using a refreshable Braille Display
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Proving that Vision Transcends Eyesight Since 1942

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.

Exciting News!! Lions Center for the Blind is moving!

Artwork showing a moving van being loaded

By September 1, 2015 we will be moving to our new location, 1722 Broadway, just 5 steps from the 19th street BART station in Oakland. Because our new location is just four blocks down from our current space and even closer to BART access, we know that with the assistance of our Center Staff the participant transition will be simple.

We will continue to be conveniently located in the Uptown/Downtown, the heart of some of Oakland’s greatest revitalization, and Community Benefit District (CBD). The CBD provides district maintenance, safety and security management, and community and cultural enrichment to a 19 block area we continue to call home.

Please watch for the announcement of our Grand Re-Opening Celebration. We welcome you to come and visit our new home of greater efficiency and access to public transportation.

UPDATE: Lynn Manning Fundraising Event (Changes)

Photos of Lynn Manning performing on stage, WEIGHTS.

WHEN: Thursday, August 27th, at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Lions Center for the Blind Oakland office at 2115 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Purchase your ticket online today!

It is with grief that I must tell you my long-time friend and up-coming performer Lynn Manning has passed away. Lynn had been fighting a private battle with liver cancer, his battle took a serious turn over the past weekend and he transitioned this past Monday in Los Angeles California. As you may know, Lynn was set to perform Weights for a Lions Center fundraiser this month at the New Parkway Theater. In lieu of this live performance we will have a tribute DVD showing at the Center in our audio visual room Aug. 27th at 6:30pm. For those of you who pre-purchased tickets on-line, we would be glad to refund your money, we will still be requesting ticket purchase for the DVD event for seating capacity and donations will continue to be made to the Center in Lynn Manning’s honor. Please contact me directly. We will have Lynn Manning’s Managing Director at the Center for this special evening viewing.

Michelle Taylor Lagunas, CEO, (510) 450-1580 Ext. 222

Latest News and Events:

Sep. 17th @ 8 AM - Healthy Living Festival at the Zoo

The USOAC IS hosting their annual Healthy Living Festival, this year being held at the Oakland Zoo! There will be resource fair booths, entertainment, lunch, and fun activities for people of all ages. RSVP is required by Friday, September 4th. RSVP for the Healthy Living Festival.


Jan. 4th 2016 - Golden State Warriors Fundraiser

Tickets are $50 and a portion of the proceeds from this event will support our mission of providing high quality programs and services for the blind and visually impaired. All youth (ages 18 and under) will be entered into a raffle for the opportunity to High-Five the players as they run onto the court after half time!


One Moment You See, Then You Don’t

Community Member Eleanor Lew who is also a Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Berkeley and Emeryville, Calif. shares her story of sudden limited vision and the effects of a Lions Center connection.


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