California

Low Vision Support Groups

Albany

Arcata

Auburn

Bakersfield

Berkeley

Calistoga

Carmel

Carmichael

Castro Valley

Chico

Chula Vista

Clearlake

Crescent City

Culver City

El Cerrito

Eureka

Fort Bragg

Fortuna

Fountain Valley

Fresno

Irvine

Lakeport

Lodi

Loma Linda

Long Beach

Los Angeles

Mather

McKinleyville

Menlo Park

Modesto

Napa

Nevada City

Novato

Oakland

Oak Park

Ojai

Oroville

Pacific Grove

Palo Alto

Petaluma

Pittsburg

Pleasanton

Sacramento

San Diego

San Francisco

San Jose

San Rafael

Santa Cruz

Santa Rosa

Sausalito

Simi Valley

Solano

Sonoma

Stockton

Tarzana

Torrence

Ukiah

Union City

Visalia

Wildomar

Willits

Woodland

California Council of the Blind

National Federation of the Blind of California





Albany

Albany Low Vision Support Group
Albany Senior Center
846 Masonic Avenue
Albany, CA 94706-1723
510.524.9122
Meets 3rd Friday 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Arcata

Arcata Low Vision Group
For more information, Email Jan Farrar or call at 707.822.4580
Arcata Community Services Center
321 Community Park Way
Arcata, CA 95521-6419
707.825.2027 (Arcata Community Center)
Meets Wednesday at 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Auburn

Center for Visually Impaired Adults in Placer County
1212 High Street
Auburn, CA 95603
Contact Dave Brown at 530.637.4592
Meets Wednesdays 12:00 PM

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Bakersfield

Helpful Hints Support Group
Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired of Bakersfield
1124 Baker Street
Bakersfield, CA 93305
661.322.5234
Fax: 661.322.7754
Meets Tuesday at 1:00 PM (except holidays)
Email
Web Site

Berkeley

NBSC Low Vision Support Group
Low Vision Support Group is facilitated by Health & Human Services Senior Programs
For more information, call the North Berkeley Senior Center at 510.981.5190 or
Health & Human Services Senior Programs at 510.981.5200
North Berkeley Senior Center (NBSC)
1901 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
Meets 2nd Wednesday 1:00 PM
Email
Web Site

East Bay Center for the Blind, Inc
2928 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703-2503
510.843.6935
Fax: 510.843.6006
Email
Web Site

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Calistoga

Low Vision Support Group of the Upper Napa Valley
Rancho de Calistoga
2412 Foothill Boulevard, Space 184
Calistoga, CA 94515-1250
707.942.6971
Meets 4th Friday (except November & Dececember) 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
For visually impaired adults.

Carmel

Carmel Foundation Support Group Janet Louise Wilson
Lincoln Street & 8th Avenue
Carmel, CA 93923
Meets the first Friday of each month, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Please call BVIC of Monterey County Inc at 831.649.3505 to verify times and dates prior to a meeting.

Carmichael

Sunrise Macular Degeneration Association
For more information, Chris at 916.721.1441
Elks Lodge
5631 Cypress Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95609
Meets 3rd Friday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Open to those who have macular degeneration, their spouses or caregivers. No fee. Meeting includes a free lunch and a program. Reservations required.

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Castro Valley

Baywood Low Vision Support Group
Baywood Court Retirement Community
21966 Delores Street
Castro Valley, CA 94546
510.733.2102
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Web Site

Chico

Butte County Council for the Blind
American Council of the Blind
819 Colusa Street
Chico, CA 95928-4116
530.891.8574
Meets 1st Saturday
Email

Chula Vista

Norman Park Senior Center Vision Support Group
Support Group is sponsored by the San Diego Center for the Blind
For more information, call 619.583.1542 (San Diego Center for the Blind)
Norman Park Senior Center
270 F Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
619.691.5087 (Norman Park Senior Center)
Meets 3rd Thursday 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

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Clearlake

Clearlake Senior Center Support Group
Highlands Senior Center
3245 Bowers Avenue
Clearlake, CA 95422-8722
707.994.3051
Meets 3rd Thursday 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Open to visually impaired adults in the community.

Crescent City

Low Vision Support Group
Del Norte Senior Center's Conference Room
1765 Northcrest Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
707.464.3069
Meets 2nd Wednesday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Crescent City Low Vision Group
Addie Meedum House
1445 Parkway Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531-8021
707.464.3311
Meets 3rd Friday

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Culver City

The Center for the Partially Sighted
6101 West Centinela Avenue, Suite 150
Culver City, CA 90230
310.988.1970
Fax: 310.988.1980
Web Site

El Cerrito

Open House Low Vision Support Group
El Cerrito Open House Senior Center
6500 Stockton Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
510.559.7677

Eureka

Eureka Low Vision Group
Humboldt Senior Resource Center
1910 California Street
Eureka, CA 95501
707.443.9747
Meets Tuesdays at 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Web Site

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg Support Group
Redwood Coast (Fort Bragg) Senior Center
490 Harold Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437-3331
707.964.0443
Meets 2nd Wednesday 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Web Site Open to visually impaired adults

Fortuna

Fortuna Low Vision Group
For more information, call Fran Clever at 707.725.3697
Fortuna Community Services Center
2331 Rohnerville Road
Fortuna, CA 95540-2512
707.725.1166 (Fortuna Community Services)
Meets 3rd Friday at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Fountain Valley

Founders Village Low Vision Support Group
The Center at Founders Village Senior and Community Center
17967 Bushard Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708-4523
714.593.4446 (City Of Fountain Valley Community Services Division)

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Fresno

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Miriam Emanuel or call 559.225.6100 X=5873
VA Central California Healthcare System
2615 East Clinton Avenue
Fresno, CA 93703
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

The Valley Center for the Blind
Facilitates Low Vision Suport Groups in Fresno
4421 North Cedar Avenue, Suite 200
Fresno, CA 93726
559.222.4447

Irvine

Lakeview Senior Center Low Vision Support Group
20 Lake Road
Irvine, CA 92604
949.724.6900
Meets 4th Thursday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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Lakeport

Lakeport Low Vision Support Group
Lakeport Senior Center
527 Konocti Avenue
Lakeport, CA 95453-5419 
707.263.4218
Meets 1st Monday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Open to visually impaired adults in the community.

Lodi

Lodi Memorial Low Vision Support Group
Lodi Memorial Hospital
975 South Fairmont Avenue
Lodi, CA 95240
209.339.7520
Meets 3rd Friday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Web Site

Loma Linda

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Michael Davis or call 909.825.7084 X=2748
VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
11201 Benton Street
Loma Linda, CA 92357
Fax: 909.422.3106
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

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Long Beach

Saint Mary Low Vision Center
1050 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813-3321
562.491.9000
Web Site
The Low Vision Center at St. Mary Medical Center provides FREE services to the southern California community by helping persons with limited vision use their vision to the fullest potential, and by helping them achieve the greatest degree of independence possible regardless of the extent of their visual loss.

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Linda Fitzgerald or call 562.826.8000 X=5696
VA Long Beach Healthcare System
5901 East 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90822
1.888.769.8387
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

Los Angeles

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Cheryl Sjoberg or call 213.253.5050
VIST Coordinator: Email Jane Merrill or call 310.268.4654
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA)
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90073
310.478.3711
Fax: 310.268.4779
1.800.952.4852
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

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Mather

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator" Email Margaret Christian or call 916.843.7053
VA Northern California Healthcare System
10535 Hospital Way
Mather, CA 95655
916.843.7000
1.800.382.8387
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

McKinleyville

McKinleyville Low Vision Support Group
For more information, Email Doug Rose or call at 707.839.0588
McKinleyville Senior Center
1620 Pickett Road
McKinleyville, CA 95519
(707) 839-0191 (McKinleyville Senior Center)
Meets the last Monday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Web Site

Menlo Park

Little House Low Vision Support Group
Peninsula Volunteers Little House
800 Middle Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025-5121
650.326.2025 (Little House)
Meets last Wednesday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Web Site

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Modesto

Vision Impaired Persons Support Group (VIPS)
618 14th Street
Modesto, CA 95354
209.522.8477
Email
Web Site

Napa

Napa Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call George Blackstock at 707.224.4400
3448 Villa Lane
Napa, CA 94558
Meets 3rd Tuesday at 1:30 PM

Nevada City

Sierra Services for the Blind
546 Searls Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
530.265.2121
Email
Web Site
Sierra Services for the Blind sponsors 22 peer group meetings each month in both Nevada and Placer Counties. We provide peer and professional counseling to help those with newly limited vision to develop a positive attitude and to fight the depression, loneliness and isolation that accompany the loss of sight. We also provide counseling to the client's family.

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Novato

Vision Loss Support Group of Marin
Margaret Todd Senior Center
1560 Hill Road
Novato, CA 94947
415.899.8290
Meets weekly
Email
Web Site

Oakland

Saint Paul's Towers Low Vision Support Group
100 Bay Place
Oakland, CA 94610
510.835.4700
Meets 2nd Wednesday 2:30 PM
Web Site

Oak Park

Oak Park Community Center Low Vision Support Group
1000 Kanan Road
Oak Park, CA 91377
818.865.9304
Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Low Vision Support Group for men of all ages

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Ojai

Little House Low Vision Support Group
Little House Senior Center
111 West Santa Ana Street
Ojai, CA 93023-3280
805.646.0144
Meets Tuesday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Oroville

Oroville Low Vision Support Group
517 Plumas Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
530.533.3619
Serves both Plumas and Butte Counties

Pacific Grove

The Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc (BVIC) Support Group
225 Laurel Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3651
Meet 1st Wednesday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 PM
831.649.3505
Fax: 831.649.4057
1.800.404.3505 (in Monterey County)
Please call to confirm time and date
Email
Web Site

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Palo Alto

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Patrick A. Finan or call 650.493.5000 X=64368
VA Palo Alto Healthcare System
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Fax: 650.852.3228
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

Peninsula Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
2470 El Camino Real, Suite 107
Palo Alto, CA 94306
650.858.0202 (PCBCI)
Email
Web Site
Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired facilitates various Low Vision Support Groups in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

Petaluma

Petaluma Senior Center Low Vision Support Group
The Petaluma Support Group for Visually Impaired Seniors is facilitated by the Earle Baum Center of the Blind in Santa Rosa
For more information please call the Petaluma Senior Center at 707.778.4399 or
The Earle Baum Center of the Blind at 707.523.3222
Petaluma Lucchesi Senior Center
211 Novak Street
Petaluma CA 94954-3677
Meets 4th Friday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Open to visually impaired seniors age 55+
Email Earle Baum Center

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Pittsburg

Lions Blind Center of Diablo Valley
Facilitates a Low Vision Support Group
175 Alvarado Avenue
Pittsburg, CA 94565
925.432.3013
1.800.750.3937

Pleasanton

Pleasanton Vision Support Group
LaVonne Vashon
Pleasanton Senior Center
5353 Sunol Boulevard
Pleasanton, CA 94566-7607 
925.931.5365
Meets 3rd Tuesday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Individuals with low vision and their loved ones meet for speaker presentations, low vision resources, discussions, and day trips. A monthly newsletter recaps meeting highlights, outlines upcoming meetings, and provides resource information.

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Sacramento

Organization of Macular Friends
PO Box 22492
Sacramento CA 95822
916.492.5656
Andiamo Restaurant
3145 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95816
Meets 1st Thursday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Sacramento Society for the Blind
(SSFB) Visual Services Center
2750 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818-3256
916.452.8271
Fax: 916.452.2622
Email
Web Site

Resources for Independent Living Low Vision Peer Support Group
420 I Street, Suite 3
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.446.3074
Email
Web Site

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San Diego

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
VIST Coordinator: Email Joyce Tudor or call 858.552.8585 X=6337
VA San Diego Healthcare System
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92127
Fax: 858.552.7452
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

San Francisco

Veterans Administration (VA) VIST Program
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco,CA 94121
415.221.4810 or 415.221.4810
Fax: 415.750.2185
Web Site
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) offers Vision Support Groups at Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers. Services are for Veterans only.

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.431.1481
TTY: 415.431.4572
Fax: 415.863.7568
1.888.400.8933
Email
Web Site

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San Jose

Lions Silicon Valley Ctr for Blind/Sight-Impaired
101 North Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
408.295.4016
Email
The Lions Silicon Valley Center for the Blind and Sight-Impaired facilitates Vision Support Groups as well as social and recreational programs

Santa Clara Valley Low Vision Support Group
Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, Inc
101 North Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128-1805
408.295.4016
Fax: 408.295.1398
Email
Web Site

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San Rafael 

 

Low Vision Support Group (for seniors aged 55 and older living in Marin County) is facilitated by the Blind and Vision Impaired of Marin and the LightHouse of Marin. To sign-up for any of the Marin County Low Vision Support Groups for Seniors, call Lorene Miller at Blind and Vision Impaired of Marin at 415.459.5066.

 

San Rafael Downtown Group
For more information, call Anabella Denisoff at 415.258.8496 X=104
LightHouse of Marin
1137 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Meets 4th Monday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

San Rafael Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Virginia Dziomba at 415.456.6647
Wesley Hall
199 Greenfield Avenue
San Rafael, CA 9490
Meets 4th Thursday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Southern Marin Group
For more information, call Anabella Denisoff at 415.258.8496 X=104
Marguerita Johnson Senior Center
640 Drake Avenue
Sausalito, CA 94965-1107
Meets 4th Monday 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Rotary Manor Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Anabella Denisoff, Facilitator, at 415.258.8496 X=104
Rotary Manor
San Rafael, CA 94901
Meets 2nd Wednes. 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Latino Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Anabella Denisoff at 415.258.8496 X=104
LightHouse of Marin
1137 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Meets 1st Wednesday

 

Blind and Vision Impaired of Marin
930 Tamalpais Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901-3325
415.459.5066 or 415.460.9739
Call for information.
Web Site

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Santa Cruz

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
413 Laurel Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831.458.9766
Fax: 831-426-6233
Email or 
Web Site

Santa Rosa

Earle Baum Center
4539 Occidental Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401-5635
707.523.3222

  • EBC Vision Loss Support Group
    Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday 11 AM to 1 PM
    Open to visually impaired seniors age 55+.
  • Sebastopol/Santa Rosa Macular Degeneration Support Group
    Meets 2nd Saturday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Open to anyone with Macular Degeneration.
  • Redwood Empire Chapter of the California Council of the Blind - Advocacy Group
    Meets 3rd Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Open to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the blind.

Oakmont Gardens Low Vision Support Group
Oakmont Gardens
301 White Oak Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5950
707.703.1422
Meets 2nd Wednesday 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Open to visually impaired seniors age 55+.

The Lodge at Paulin Creek Low Vision Support Group
The Lodge at Paulin Creek
2375 Range Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-9474
707.575.3722
Meets 1st Monday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Web Site
Open to visually impaired adults.

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Simi Valley

Simi Valley Senior Center Low Vision Support Group
3900 Avenida Simi
Simi Valley, CA 93063
805.583.6363
Meets Monday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Web Site

Solano

Solano Adult Blind Club
Fairfield Senior Center
1200 Civic Center Drive
Fairfield, CA 94533
707.428.7421
Meets 3rd Friday 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Sonoma

Sonoma Low Vision Support Group
Vintage House Senior Center
264 First Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476-5703
707.996.0311
Fax: 707.996.1012
Meets Tuesday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
For visually impaired adults
Email
Web Site

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Stockton

Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
130 West Flora Street
Stockton, CA 95202-1636
209.466.3836
Fax: 209.466.5692
Email
Web Site

Tarzana

The Center for the Partially Sighted Valley Office
18425 Burbank Boulevard, #706
Tarzana, CA 91356
818.705.5954
Web Site

Torrance

Low Vision Support Group
Renaissance Room at Pacific Inn
5481 West Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503-4005
310.318.0650 (Senior & Family Services)
Meets 4th Tuesday 10:30 AM to noon

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Ukiah

Ukiah Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Janet Hargraves at 707.523.3222 (Earle Baum Center Of Blind)
Henny Penny Restaurant
687 South Orchard Avenue
Ukiah, CA 95482
Meets 4th Monday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Open to visually impaired adults in the community

Union City

Vision Loss Support Group of Union City
For more information, call Larry Orozco at 510.489.6629
Ruggieri Senior Center
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City CA 94587-4452
Fax: 510.477.0317
Meets 3rd Wednesday 12:30 PM
Call to confirm

Visalia

Support Group Services (SGS) Low Vision Support Group
For more information, call Bobbe or Marvin Haggard at 559.632.3013
1747 West Ashland Avenue
Visalia, CA 93277-6207
Meets 2nd Wednesday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Low Vision Support Group
Sponsored by Support Group Services (SGS)
For more information, call Bobbe or Marvin Haggard at 559.632.3013
Gateway Church of Visalia
1100 South Sowell Street
Visalia, CA 93277-2441
559.732.4787 (Gateway Church)
Provides an outlet and prayer support for anyone who is vision impaired of any denomination

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Wildomar

VIP Support Group
Beth at 951.678.6649 or Pastor Bill Aanestad at 951.674.8661
Cornerstone Community Church
34570 Monte Vista Drive
Wildomar, CA 92595-8035
Meets 1st & 3rd Monday 9 AM to 11 AM in Room 136

Willits

Willits Low Vision Support Group
William F Harrah Senior Center
1501 Baechtel Rd
Willits, CA 95490-4516
707.459.6826
Meets 1st Wednesday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Open to visually impaired adults in the community.

Woodland

Outa Sight! Group, Inc
For more information, call Lucinda Talkington at 530.662.0535 or
Esther Alderson at 530.666.7540
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Speaker series group meets 2nd Monday 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Woodland Senior Center Multipurpose Center
630 Lincoln Avenue
Woodland, CA 95695-4067 
Email

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California Council of the Blind
Executive Office
1510 J Street, Suite 125
Sacramento, CA 95814
800.221.6359 (in California)
916.441.2100 (outside California)
Fax: 916.441.2188
Chapter Contact and Meeting Information

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of California

175 East Olive Avenue, Suite 308

Burbank, CA 91502

818.558.6524

Email

Local Chapters

 

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