Upcoming Events

December 16

Holiday Party
12:00 to 4:00 PM

Lunch will cost $10.  The meal will consist of a traditional turkey dinner with trimmings. You must RSVP for this event by December 13th.

Holiday Drawing:
The Center’s annual Holiday drawing will be held during our Holiday Party on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Tickets are now available at a cost of $5 for a book of six. Please contact the Center to obtain tickets. The four top prizes are $200, $150, and two $50 prizes.  Need not be present to win. 

Center Closures

We will be closed from November 22-24 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We will observe our annual winter break from December 19th-January 1st.  We will re-open January 2nd.

Self-Advocacy Workshops

On November 4th, The East Bay Center for the Blind is presenting “Transportation and Mobility Advocacy.”  This day-long workshop is the second in our innovative four-part series designed to convey principles of self-advocacy to the visually impaired community, specifically low income minorities throughout the Bay Area.

The first workshop, “Fundamentals of Advocacy,” was held on September 30th.  This creative approach to self advocacy fundamentals presented dynamic panelists who engaged the audience and spurred all involved to advocate for themselves as well as the greater community.

Reserve  your place at the table on November 4th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The registration cost is $10.00 which includes lunch. Participant transportation costs will be reimbursed if needed to the extent our budget permits.  This workshop will focus on transportation and mobility in the 21st century and how visually impaired individuals can advocate for strategies to improve fixed route and paratransit options.

Daniel Klein, a veteran orientation and mobility instructor will begin the workshop by discussing the changes in the physical landscape in the 21st century.  He will discuss why navigating our surroundings is more complicated.

In our 2nd hour, a panel of guests will discuss alternatives to various forms of fixed route transportation that are changing the way we travel.  After lunch, we will hear from some other cities who have adopted some creative approaches to the standard paratransit system.

Valerie Vivona will join us to discuss resources and approaches to advocate for a more responsive and customer-friendly paratransit service.  This will lead to a structured brainstorming session where participants will begin the work necessary to implement change in transportation systems via advocacy and community involvement.

Please join us for what promises to be an informative and instructive day!  Please register with Kelly by October 27th by phoning 510 843-6935 or emailing eastbaycenterfortheblind@gmail.com.  We look forward to advocating with you!

Our workshop series will continue as follows:

March 17, 2018:  Safety-net programs covering financial and health benefits, Social Security, and Medi-Cal.

April 21, 2018:  Housing and employment.