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Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Human Services

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Provides services to individuals and families affected by vision loss or impairment.


Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the premier one-stop resource provider for vision loss and rehabilitation. For more than 75 years, Vista Center has offered a range of comprehensive services to empower clients to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training. Services offered:  Safe and Healthy Living program assesses client needs and develops a plan of action for teaching skills that enable independence.  Low Vision Services conducts evaluations resulting in recommendations to enhance remaining vision with devices, services and support.  Technology Program that leads the way in bringing tech to those with visual impairments  Children & Youth Services provides young clients with tools, strategies and confidence to build the future they dream of and that is possible.  Community Services is a resource for, and an educator in, the communities it serves through outreach, corporate in-services, public transit counseling. The center has a health research library affiliated with the Stanford Health Library for accessing medical information, and information on vision loss and a store with vision aids and products for purchase. A volunteer program and a mentoring program help to provide ongoing support to clients. Another office is located at 3315 Mission Drive, Suite B, Santa Cruz 95065 (Phone: 831-458-9766; Fax: 831-426-6233). Vista Center is formerly known as the Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


Public Transit:

VTA stops within 1 block. CALTRAIN within 4 blocks.
2500 El Camino Real, Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94306 37.4242609 -122.1449674 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Wheelchair



Vary according to income or grant eligibility. Medi-Cal, Medicare accepted for low-vision clinic only.


Blind and visually impaired persons


Resident of area served

How to Apply:

Apply by phone or an opthalmologist can refer to low-vision clinic.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies according to program, up to 6 weeks.

Service Areas:

  • San Benito County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Santa Cruz County
Vista Center

Service Description:

Social services, training in daily living skills, mobility training, support groups, computer classes, a low vision clinic, store, youth group, and Braille classes for the visually impaired. Also provides volunteers to assist clients.

How to Apply: