El Dorado Center for Visually Impaired Closes
The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired will close in October, ending a decade of serving El Dorado County. Services for the visually impaired in El Dorado County will continue, picked up by the Society For the Blind in Sacramento. The center’s instructor, Randy Cummings, will still be helping people learn to live with visual impairment, but the little house and the community garden on Farnsworth Lane will be closed.
Ten years ago, Tri-Visual Services for the Blind closed and members of the Mother Lode Lions Club wanted to make sure that services for the visually impaired continued in El Dorado County. Three of the clubs, Mother Lode, Placerville and the Pioneer Lions, got together with a service provider to make it happen.
Lions Club members Penny and Jim Hutchinson and Ellen Yevdakimov spearheaded the development of the new facility and found a place near Charles Brown School in Diamond Springs owned by the Federated Church and used for storage. “It was handicapped accessible and had the features that our first instructor wanted,” said Penny Hutchinson.
The little white house surrounded by oak trees started with 12 clients and now serves an average of 55 clients and a support group of about 20 people, teaching visually impaired seniors independent living skills, personal grooming, time management, orientation and mobility, Braille, how to use public transportation and how to use assistive technology.
The center functioned with federal grants and fundraisers like the annual Dog-a-Thon, and ... http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/decade-of-service-at-el-dorado-center-for-visually-impaired-ends/