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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

Photo Gallery


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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.

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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.


On Saturday, October 15th at 11:00am clients, staff, family and friends of the visually impaired will gather at the corner of Forest Ave and Lighthouse in Pacific Grove to walk the streets, visit local businesses and spread awareness about vision loss and the services offered at The Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County.
White Cane Safety Day is an international observance that is celebrated on October 15 each year since 1964. Its purpose is to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and acknowledge and pay tribute to the long white cane, a critically important mobility toll and potent symbol of independence.
A long white cane with a red near the tip is used by people who are visually impaired as a safety mobility tool and as a courtesy to others.  The white cane identifies the user as a person who is blind or has low vision. This is an important consideration when crossing streets or requesting information from others, such as bus drivers or store clerks.
Low vision is a condition caused by eye disease which cannot be corrected with eye glasses, contact lenses or surgery. People with low vision may also be legally blind, but not always.
California’s Vehicle Code 21963 states that “a totally or partially blind pedestrian who is carrying a predominately white cane (with or without a red tip), or using a guide dog, shall have the right of way…” ( From the driver’s manual: “Pedestrians using guide dogs or white canes with or without a red tip must be given the right-of-way at all times. These pedestrians are partially or totally blind.”
For more information about this event, please call BVIC at 831-649-3505.
For more information about low vision and blindness visit the following websites:


Pacific Grove Lions Club Meeting October 19th
The District 4-C6 Lions are hosting informational meetings about revitalizing the Pacific Grove Lions Club. There will be two meetings held on Wednesday, October 19th at 3pm and 6pm at BVIC’s upper building. If you are interested in learning about Lions Clubs or joining the PG Club, please join us. If you have any questions please call the District Governor, Barbara Chamberlain at 831-251-6121 or email

MST Bus Pass Discount
Due to the new Hwy 68 round-about construction, residents of the Pacific Grove, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, and Monterey (west of Sloat Ave. and North of Hwy 1) area may purchase a monthly pass for only $13.00 instead of the standard $95.00 rate.
To learn more visit:

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December. 3rd
Christmas Store Auction & Health Fair
Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 10am – 2pm

This year the Country Store & Auction is being changed into a Christmas Store Auction & Health Fair. We will have all the usual yummies and arts for sale, along with a silent auction to raise funds to support our free services. Each auction item will have a “buy-it-now” price so you can snatch it up as a special holiday gift for someone or yourself!

Board of Director’s Openings
We have openings for board members and are accepting applications from persons interested in joining our Board. We are seeking prospects with the following skills: human resources, accounting, insurance, fundraising, community connections, or non-profit management.

Please send your interest to Ron Kihara at BVIC, 225 Laurel Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Annual Support Campaign: $100,000 Goal
Fall marks the beginning of our annual support campaign to raise funds to support our highly valued services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. This year the Board has set a goal of $100,000 and has started the campaign by collectively donating more than $25,000!

If you have not received a call from a board member or letter in the mail, one is on its way! We hope you will be generous in helping us achieve our goal.

Did you know, Nov. 11th to Dec. 31st you can make your donation on-line through the MCGives 2016 campaign and it will be partially matched? Watch for the special giving edition of the MC Weekly in early November and increase your impact by donating to BVIC through MCGIVES! For more info visit:


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.

To RSVP for a class, please call our new Low Vision Services Coordinator, Jenny Swad at 649-3505.


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.

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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MST Bus Article

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