SILICON VALLEY COUNCIL OF THE BLIND: "Access to Life"
- P.O. Box 493 Mountain View, CA 94042 - 0493 -li>
The Silicon Valley Council of the Blind is a membership organization of persons who are blind or visually impaired, and our families and friends. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all persons with vision loss through advocacy and mutual support. We are organized as a chapter of the California Council of the Blind, which is a state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, and draw our membership largely from Santa Clara County. To accomplish our mission, we have undertaken the following activities:
- to educate both the public and ourselves about the capabilities and responsibilities as well as the special needs of persons who are blind or visually impaired;
- to work jointly with other organizations who share our goals;
Since our founding in 1987 both our size and the scope of our efforts have increased substantially:
- We hold regular monthly meetings where persons with vision loss can learn about and discuss issues of concern to them with public officials, professionals in the field of blindness and other blind persons.
- Through our annual Barbara Rhodes Adaptive Technology Grant, we offer up to $1000 to a blind or visually-impaired person who can best demonstrate the need for adaptive technology that will improve his/her quality of life of advance her/his educational and/or employment opportunities. To access the current grant application, see www.svcb.cc or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We publish a monthly newsletter featuring items of current local interest provided in large print, braille, E-mail, and cassette tape.
- We have a web site at www.svcb.cc that has links to resources and contact information.
- We continually educate ourselves about legislation and government regulations related to blindness, while actively trying to improve them through testimony and negotiation. For example, we are continuously engaged in efforts to maintain and improve the quality of public transportation, which is so vital to the independence of our members.
- We sponsor social and recreational activities where persons who share our goals can get to know oneanother and experience the solidarity which helps us all to "keep up the good work".
We invite participation in SVCB by all persons who share our desire to improve the quality of life of persons with vision loss. Suggestions, donations and volunteers to support our work are welcome.
SVCB meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:30 AM to 1 PM. The location is the dining room of the Monte Vista Terrace Apartments at 1101 Grant Road, Mountain View, one block from El Camino Real, 22 VTA bus.