We strive to understand the difficulties each person is going through, and to treat them as we would want to be treated.
We strive to provide the best possible training and encouragement for every client.
We believe knowledge is power and we strive to help our clients achieve greater capability and satisfaction.
Every person should be able to conduct their daily activities with minimal to no assistance, so we strive to help every client achieve the fullest possible independence.
"To provide a place of compassion, support, understanding, education and personal growth for any person who is blind or visually impaired, through independent life and job skills training."
VIPS was founded in 2002 as the Central Valley Center for the Vision and Hearing Impaired. However, the Center soon became more focused on the vision impaired and blind. In 2005, the organization became known as VIPS (Visually Impaired Persons Support) and opened for services.
VIPS has two locations in downtown Modesto:
Administrative Offices & Training
1409 H Street Modesto, CA 95354 209-846-9027
618 14th Street Modesto, CA 95354
VIPS is a vendor for the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
VIPS provides services to seniors 55 and older through the Older Individuals with Blindness (OIB) 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 us to provide services to citizens in Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties who are visually impaired and blind.
Laura Wilson, Executive Director
In my previous position here at VIPS, I was able to provide instruction in Independent Living Skills and Assistive Technology, primarily for seniors in the Older Individuals with Blindness Program. Other parts of my job included connecting individuals with resources and coordinating services. As Executive Director I draw on this experience, and my teaching background, to expand our training programs and strengthen VIPS service capabilities.
Mauricio Molina, Assistive Technology Instructor
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.
Claudine Romegialli, ILS Instructor
I provide instruction in Independent Living Skills for seniors in the Older Individuals with Blindness Program. It is exciting and rewarding helping individuals succeed with the goals they have set for themselves.
Debbie Hensen, Braille Instructor
I provide instruction in Grade 1, Grade 2, and UEB Braille. I take great joy in helping adults learn Braille, opening doors in the wonderful world of reading.
Vinnie Singh, Orientation & Mobility Instructor
I provide instruction in Orientation & Mobility. Students learn the techniques to travel independently and safely in their home and community.
Tim Splan, Support Group Facilitator
I facilitate support groups and enjoy helping individuals reconnect with the communities they loved before vision loss. Support Groups work to further understanding and knowledge about vision loss and about positive ways to meet the challenges of regaining and maintaining independence.