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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
Marty Lipp
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


BVIC Facebook Linkvisit us on Facebook


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

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.

SAM's Guide 2017

Attached is the January 2017 Edition of SAM’s GUIDE to Monterey County Family Resources. It is also available to download from my website:
(If you find the Spring 2015 edition still on the webpage, try “refreshing” the webpage.)
This Eighth Edition is 131 pages and features...

  • Community resources for everyone -- from before birth to the end of life.
  • Updated agency information and links to agency websites
  • New agencies and programs, found throughout the guide
  • A new section on Animal Rescue/ Pet Care

I encourage you to look through the Guide and familiarize yourself with its contents. While I have made every effort to be accurate, I apologize in advance for any errors or omissions.
Ways to Use the Guide:
Keep a copy of the PDF file on your computer desktop. The table of contents has links to each chapter.  This may be the easiest way to find the information you are looking for.    I have included agency website links in the document. These are activated, so that, with a click, one has access to additional program information. There is also an agency and program index in the back of the guide.
Download onto iPads and iPhones. The Guide may also be sent as an attachment to an e-mail and then opened and downloaded onto iPads and iPhones as a PDF file stored in iBooks.
Print copies (single-sided or double-sided) and place in binders for use in providing counseling to families in Monterey County.  Other information may be added to the binder, as appropriate to meet the needs of the counselor’s specific clients.  Some individuals have found it helpful to separate chapters with tab dividers or to use the dividers to quickly identify frequently used sections.

Please note that the Guide is copyrighted, all rights reserved. I hereby give my permission to download and distribute copies of the PDF file and to print and distribute paper copies of the Guide to anyone providing counseling and assisting families in Monterey County, California.  Permission is NOT given to copy and paste any part of this guide into another document.  Please contact me if you would like to link to this website (intranet or internet). 

SAM's GUIDE 2017.pdf


Pacific Grove Lions Club Meeting December 14th
The Pacific Grove Monarch Lions will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, December 14th at 3:00 p.m. at BVIC.  If you are interested in learning about Lions Clubs or joining the PG Club, please attend the meeting. 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

Also check out
  • Internet Shopper
  • Support the BVIC through Amazon SMILES: Amazon SMILES (click How to Help link above for more information)
  • THE BLIND GIRL (YouTube video about a young woman and her guide dog. Visit

Click News and Events for more details


MST Bus Article

Below is the link to The Californian news article

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