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Envisioning Independence
Helping people adapt to the loss of sight

2016 Board of Directors

Ron Kihara, President
Russ Hatch, Vice President
Tom Gardner, Treasurer
Dr. Celia Barberena
Dr. Ken Hunter
Robert Johnson
Steve Kane
Joshua Karanis
Dr. John Kraus
Lisa Ledin
Marty Lipp
David Lloyd
Mona Schoenwisner

Orientation & Mobility Instruction

Daily Living Program

Support Services


Tuesday Program

Support Group Link

Marjorie R McNeely Low Vision Clinic

Low Vision Assessment

Service Coordinator

Used Equipment for Sale

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Low Vision Peer Support Group
Day/Time: 1st and 3rd Tuesday
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Fee: None

Luncheon and Ceramics
Day/Time: Every Tuesday
11:45 - 2:00 p.m.
Fee: None


Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc.

Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc.

News and Events Link

Wish List
  • DSLR camera kit (such as Nikon D3300)
  • Kitchen knife set (such as Henckels 7-Pc set)
  • 12-cup thermal coffeemaker
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Front desk volunteer from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Tuusday, Thursday or Friday to provide a friendly face to greet visitors and a happy voice to answer the phone.
  • Tuesday morning walkway cleaning, especially after a storm, to ensure Tuesday support groups, lunch and ceramic art attendees have a clear path.
  • Volunteer once a month to plan, shop, prepare, serve and clean-up after our weekly Tuesday lunch program. We pay for the food.
  • For more information about these or other volunteer opportunities, please call Diana Trapani, Executive Director at 831-649-3505, ex. 103.


The BVIC is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Apple Store, Del Monte Shopping Center. Apple trainers are providing BVIC clients small group classes titled “Discover Accessibility” on the accessibility features of the Mac and iPhone/iPad.

The remainder of the July Schedule is:
Friday July 22, 6:30-7:30 for iPhone / iPad
Monday July 25, 6:30-7:30pm for Mac

To RSVP for a class, please contact Moonset Yu or Jenny Swad at our office. If you do not have a device, they will loan you one for the class.

Please check back soon for the August schedule!

Wanted: used iPhone 4S or newer, iPad second generation or newer, or Mac to loan to clients who want to utilize these features but cannot afford to purchase a device.  Thank you!


The BVIC is pleased to announce the hire of Jenny Swad, CLVT/COMS. Bringing twenty years of experience, Jenny is dual certified as a Certified Low Vision Therapist and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist.   She will assume the role of Low Vision Services Coordinator, to replace the retiring Moonset Yu, and will also provide O&M services. The next time you are at the center, please be sure to introduce yourself and welcome Jenny to the BVIC team.

Motorcycle Flyer Show 2016

Motorcycle Flyer Registration Form 2016

Job Opportunity

There is an opening at the BVIC for an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. For more information, please email: with the subject line: O&M Specialist.

The Association of Blind Citizens: Assistive
Technology Fund

Operated by the Association of Blind Citizens, the fund provides financial resources to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. Products covered by this program retail for a minimum of $200 and a Maximum of $6,000. Persons eligible to apply for assistance have a family income of less than $50,000 and cash assets of less than $20,000. Applications must be submitted by June 30th and December 31st for each grant period (two per year). Applicants may submit one request per calendar year. All applications must be submitted via e-mail. The ATF is limited to U.S. residents who are legally blind. Follow this link for more information and instructions about the ATF. Assistive Technology Fund

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  • Internet Shopper
  • Support the BVIC through Amazon SMILES: Amazon SMILES (click How to Help link above for more information)

Click News and Events for more details


MST Bus Article

Below is the link to The Californian news article

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