About Us

Our Mission…

Community Association of the Blind’s (CAB’s) Mission is to improve the overall quality of life of the blind and visually impaired by providing recreational activities that promote independence and educational seminars that provide useful resources to the blind and visually impaired in Southern California.

Our History…

In late 1996 a small organization for the Blind and Visually Impaired was founded called Community Alliance for the Blind (also known as CAB). Through much hard work and dedication the Community Alliance for the Blind (CAB) was very successful and active for many years (from December of 1996 through June of 2003). In June of 2003 the Board of Directors of the Community Alliance for the Blind (CAB) made the decision to close their organization for good due to the lack of funding for programs and activities. Many of the organization's former staff, volunteers, and members were saddened and heartbroken to see the Community Alliance for the Blind (CAB) close their doors for good.

In early 2005 a small group of former staff, volunteers, and members of the organization formerly known as the Community Alliance for the Blind (CAB) had gotten together to form a leadership team to discuss the idea of a new kind of organization (similar to the old CAB) but at that time the leadership team lacked the proper resources, funding, and support needed to make it happen. The leadership team made a decision to put the idea of a new organization (a new CAB) on hold for a while and meet in another year’s time.

In late 2006 the leadership team met again to discuss the idea of creating a new organization. The leadership team was able to acquire the required resources and funding to start the work on a new organization for the blind and visually impaired.

The leadership team met on Saturday, June 2nd 2007 and officially formed the
“Community Association of the Blind (also known as CAB)” with its purpose to serve the blind and visually impaired community of Southern California. The ultimate goal and mission of CAB is to provide programs to the blind and visually impaired community at large no other organization in Southern California is providing. CAB is here to fill in that gap and to bridge the gap by providing resources that promotes independence and integration amongst the local community.

Our Present…

Since June 2007, the Community Association of the Blind (CAB) has been providing recreational activities and educational seminars / workshops to the blind and visually impaired. Currently CAB serves those who are blind and visually impaired in both
Los Angeles County and Orange County. Most of CAB’s seminars / workshops or special events take place in the Anaheim and CAB’s recreational activities take place all over Los
Angeles and Orange County.

All CAB programs currently serve the blind and visually impaired age range of 18-65. CAB currently has 3 volunteer staff members and over 15 volunteers available to assist during activities and special events. CAB programs and activities only exist due to the dedication of individuals who financially support CAB throughout the year. CAB is not funded or take any money from the Federal Government or State Government but is privately funded through generous donations which we greatly depend on to keep CAB operational through the year.

Our Future…

The Community Association of the Blind (CAB) is planning on expand its programs to other counties like Riverside, San Fernando Valley area, Ventura, and San Diego. The positive impact that CAB is having on those who are blind and visually impaired is spreading and CAB is needed in these communities. This is because CAB offers programs that are unique and helps to provide resources that can help change their lives forever.

The Community Association of the Blind (CAB) offers the following Programs:

Educational Seminars: CAB provides educational seminars that help educate those who are blind and visually impaired on the many resources that are out there for them. The seminars also can be on topics affecting the blind or visually impaired like college preparation, employment related material, independent living material, etc.

Recreational Activities: CAB provides recreational activities that promote independence and social interaction. The recreational activities provide a way for those who are blind or visually impaired to build social skills and interact with the surrounding community. These types of activities may include (not limited to) riding public transportation, visiting downtown areas of major cities, walking in areas where it can be crowded, etc.

Community Service Projects: CAB works with its local communities on volunteer projects that help give back to the community. These community service projects help build a sense of purpose and responsibility for those who are blind or visually impaired. These volunteer projects may be anything from visiting a local homeless shelter to deliver food, visit a senior center to spend time with some of the seniors, or even providing a pizza lunch for battered women and their children.

Collaboration Projects: CAB works closely with some organizations on projects or programs and at times CAB may combine resources to provide a program. These can be seminars / workshops, fundraisers, activities, and special events.