We are the Imperial Valley Blind Center and have been providing our fully comprehensive program and services to 21 adults with a variety of physical disabilities such as mobility and orthopedic impairments, visual impairments and blindness at an annual cost to the center of about $1,000 per student/member. We provide our program from a therapeutic model in that the student/members are actively involved in the administration, instruction and assisting each other in the daily operations of the center.
The mission statement of the Imperial Valley Blind Center is to empower people with physical disabilities (i.e. visual impairments, blindness, orthopedic impairments and so forth) to take control of their own lives:
To create an accessible community.
To advocate and achieve equal social, economic and political opportunities and inclusion within the community.
To interrelate with their peers and in group activities and to develop their full potential.
Our program and services are offered to all residents of Imperial County who have a physical disability and are ambulatory. Currently our 21 student/members are transported in from Calexico, Heber, El Centro and Holtville. We offer academic courses from college instructors, weaving from a master weaver, peer and personal counseling, transportation to and from the center and disability related services. There is no cost to our student/members and the only requirement we ask of our student/members is they attend regularly and have a willingness to participate in program activities. Remember, we are a countywide project.