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
Monday, September 5th LABOR DAY - Center is closed
Tuesday, September 6th - Apple Picking and bagged lunch at Holmberg's Orchards in Ledyard. 11am
Thursday, September 8th - Network Support Group meets from 10am to 11:30am.
Friday, September 9th - Last day to have your payment in for the Gala Picnic.
Tuesday, September 13th - Center of the Blind Board Meeting - NOTE: one week earlier than normal.
Monday, September 19th - 50th Anniversary Celebration at Camp Oakdale from 4PM to 8PM. RSVP required and payment due by Sept 9th!
Tuesday, September 27th - Lunch and Learn with Jim Streeter, historian for the town of Groton from 10am to noon. RSVP is required.
October 1st and 2nd - Pumpkin Festival at the Crystal Mall from 9am to 6pm! Organically grown pumpkins, squash, and gourds will be available for sale.
October 10th - 16th - CENTER IS CLOSED There will be no network support group meeting this week.
October 15th - National White Cane Day
October 18th - Center of the Blind Board Meeting 4:30pm
October 20th - Center of the Blind monthly dinner at the New London VFW on Garfield St. at 6pm
October 23rd - Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at the New London VFW on Garfield St from 8am to 11am. Adults $10.00 and Children under 10 are $5.00.
Call the Center for tickets.
October 25th- Lunch and Learn TBD
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELATION DUE TO WEATHER OR COVID CONDITIONS.
Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS