VIPS History and Staff
Founded in 2002 as the Central Valley Center for the Vision and Hearing Impaired, the Center's focus quickly became the visually impaired and blind. The organization became known as VIPS (Visually Impaired Persons Support) and opened for services in 2005.
VIPS has two locations in downtown Modesto:
Administrative Offices & Training
1409 H Street
618 14th Street
VIPS is a vendor for the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Center provides seniors 55 and older, services through a Title VII grant.
A scholarship application process is available for individuals who do not qualify for third party funding.
VIPS is a 501(C)3 private, non-profit corporation. Donations from individuals, businesses, and service groups make it possible for the Center to provide services to citizens in Stanislaus County who are visually impaired and blind.
Claudia K. Miller
Mauricio Molina, MS
I use computer-related Assistive Technology and have been providing instruction since 2003. Teaching Assistive Technology (AT) is one of my passions. Fortunately, my other passion is improving my computer skills and learning new AT. It is exciting to find new technology to better meet the challenges of blindness.
I am a graduate of CSU Stanislaus and CSU Northridge. I have a MS degree in Assistive Technology and Human Services.
I sincerely derive great pleasure from assisting others with disabilities access their goals and dreams.
I have been blind since birth due to congenital cataracts. After several surgeries to remove the cataracts, my eyes hemorrhaged, and my optic nerves were damaged.
I am a graduate of CSU, Stanislaus with a BA in Sociology (Minor, Psychology). I teach Independent Living Skills and Grade I and II Braille. I derive joy from knowing that I have made a difference in someone's life.
I was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease in 2004—a rare disease that affects my central vision. After over 30 years working in the medical field I found VIPS. I was a client who receive instruction in Independent Living Skills and computer technology, and later joined VIPS as a staff member.
I now share my knowledge and skills with others who have visual impairments. It is rewarding to watch each person gain confidence in their abilities to navigate the challenges that blindness presents. Teaching Independent Living Skills and Keyboarding Navigation for AT is a joy.
I received a BA from Simpson College, and a Clinical and Rehabilitative Services Credential in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) from San Francisco State University.
Orientation is like having a mental map of where you are, where you want to go and the directions to get there. Mobility is the techniques to navigate through the environment safely to get where you want to go. I provide instruction for the visually impaired and blind to safely move about in their environment, at home, at work, and in the community.
I am also a Braillist and am proficient in Nemath Braille, Grades I and II Braille, and Tactile Mapping. I truly enjoy my work and seeing the people I work with regain and maintain their mobility and independence.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Credential from CSU, Stanislaus. I worked as an elementary school teacher for over a decade. As a visually impaired individual, I possess a strong desire to work and collaborate with others facing the challenges of vision loss.
I provide instruction to individuals new to vision loss and blindness through a series of classes called Adjustment to Blindness and Vision Loss. This position has afforded me the opportunity to extend my passion for teaching into an extremely rewarding realm of education and training.
I provide visually impaired students with the strategies, techniques, and resources needed to effectively overcome their visual challenges in pursuit of rich, rewarding lives and personal goals.
Board of Directors
Patricia Gillum, CPA
Director / Founder
Director / Founder
Brian Elliott, OD