About San Diego Center for the Blind
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Mission Statement
The mission of the San Diego Center for the Blind (SDCB) is to help any adult with blindness or vision impairment to reach their highest level of independence.

We assist individuals with vision loss to overcome challenges by focusing on capabilities, emphasizing personal strengths, encouraging participation in family life and community activities, and by providing quality comprehensive vision rehabilitation services, which includes:

Who we serve

We provide services to:
  • Legally blind adults ages 18 and older
  • Adults with no vision to those with changing vision
  • All qualified clients regardless of their disability, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and/or socioeconomic status

Our program is designed to assist the adults that:
  • Face challenges in everyday tasks, such as preparing meals, paying bills, shopping, studying or working
  • Strive to be confident
  • Seek to live independently
  • Desire to lead life on their own terms

Vision Rehabilitation Service:  A nationwide model for service delivery and a recognized model of an accessible facility

Not only is SDCB known as a nationwide model for service delivery, we are also an international model of an accessible facility with frequent visitors from other agencies including from as far reaching as Israel and China. We are proud of our award-winning facility that was specifically designed to be "vision-impaired friendly". Some of the features of our facility include:
  • Clean, easy to navigate hallways.
  • Bright colors that help with area identification.
  • Easy to read signs with large fonts and good color contrast.
  • Contrasted edges on floors.


SDCB was first established in 1972 as a result of a four-year federal government establishment grant. Since becoming incorporated as a private not-for-profit organization in 1976, SDCB has been the only program of its kind with the purpose to help blind and vision impaired individuals obtain their optimal level of independence. With facilities in San Diego and Vista, the Center is able to provide services throughout San Diego County.

Our dedicated volunteer board of directors, the competent and committed staff, and our many day-to-day volunteers, strive to expand and improve our comprehensive rehabilitation programs. We diligently work to stay at the forefront of the needs and services required by the adult blind and vision impaired community of San Diego County.
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Contact us

San Diego: 619-583-1542
Vista: 760-758-5956


Call with your questions about assistive technology.
Contact Us for Help with Your Assistive Technology Needs
  • Get more information about Assistive Technology Assessments.
  • Our store is conveniently stocked with Assistive Technology products and low-vision aids.
  • Our expert staff can provide you telephone support.
Call about Assistive Technology:  619-583-1542 X161                           
Email about Assistive Technology: store@sdcb.org
Visit our store:  Make Appointment