Our Mission is to serve the social, recreational, educational, referral, and advocacy needs of the Blind and Visually Impaired population of southeastern Connecticut and assist them in attaining and maintaining an independent lifestyle.
The Center was founded in 1972 through the efforts of Marjorie Heath, a blind woman who felt the need for Blind and Visually Impaired persons to come together and have social and recreational opportunities available to them. It was incorporated on May, 12, 1976. The Center of the Blind offers services to the more than 800 Legally Blind residents of Southeastern Connecticut. The Center has an ongoing volunteer force to help with social and recreational activities, reading, clerical work and transportation.
As a community service organization, we presently hold a number of activities and programs for our members and their families. At various times of the year, these may include: workshops, speakers of interest to the Blind community, Braille Transcription, and Computer Classes for the Blind and Visually Impaired. There are also recreational programs, such as: fishing, hiking, biking, and skiing. Classes in arts and crafts and sewing meet at the Center. We offer: field trips to places of interest, concerts, and museums. We provide transportation for our sponsored activities as well as limited transportation for medical and personal needs.
The Center of the Blind is equipped with a compatible Technology Lab with voice, scanner, speech synthesis, Braille writing equipment, enlarged copier, color CCTV’s as well as teaching aids and games for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
The Center is fortunate to host a monthly visit from a Social Worker or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor employed by the State of CT Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind and Department of Aging and Disability Services. This informational and referral service is available locally by appointment.
The Center also operates a non-profit Outlet for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We stock a variety of items ranging from Talking Watches and Clocks, writing material, to signature guides.
The South East Connecticut Community Center of the Blind, Inc depends on funding by private contributions, donations, fundraising, and grants.
Events & Activities
Tuesday, November 8th - Shopping and Out to Lunch - Meet at the Christmas Tree Shop at 10am and join us for lunch afterwards
Thursday, November 10th - Monthly Network Support Group Meeting - 10am till noon. Join members and guests for conversations on dealing with the blind and visually impaired
Tuesday, November 15th - Monthly Center of the Blind Board Meeting - 4:30pm
Thursday, November 17th - Ledyard Lions Thanksgiving Dinner - 6pm at the Gales Ferry Fire House on Route 12. Members are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Ledyard Food Pantry. RSVP's are required to attend.
Friday, November 18th - 6:30pm - Friday Nite Funnies Trivia - join us for an hour of laughs and learn something new with other members of the Center. Prizes are awarded to the winner
Thursday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Day - Center will be closed. HAPPY TURKEY DAY!
Friday, December 2nd - 6:30pm - Friday Nite Funnies Trivia - join us for an hour of laughs and learn something new with other members of the Center. Prizes will be awarded to the winner.
Tuesday, December 6th - Holiday Craft Class - 10am at the Center. Members will be making holiday ornaments for their tree. Bring your lunch.
Thursday, December 8th - Monthly Network Support Group Meeting from 10am to noon. Join members and guests for conversations dealing with the blind and visually impaired
Tuesday, December 13th - Lunch and Learn Program. - 10am. Eversource will host this program offering several energy saving ideas and programs available to those who are on a fixed income. Lunch will be provided and served by the Center. RSVP's are required to attend
Thursday, December 15th - Center Holiday Party at the NL VFW Post 189 at 6pm. Come celebrate the holidays with a dinner and music with members and their families. A "Secret Santa" gift exchange will take place for those who would like to participate. Gifts exchange is minimum $10, maximum $15 . Cost of the dinner TBD. RSVP's are required to attend
Friday, December 16th, 6:30pm - Friday Nite Funnies Trivia - join us for an hour of laughs and learn something new with other members of the Center. Prizes will be awarded to the winner.
Sunday, December 18th - Hanukkah begins at sundown
Tuesday, December 20th - Center of the Blind Holiday Board Meeting - 6pm
Sunday, December 25th - Christmas Day
Monday, December 26th - Friday, December 30th - Center is Closed for the Holidays
Center receives "Community Impact Grant" from Eversource Energy
Board of Directors
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