Caring: Naomi Ortiz & East Bay Center for the Blind

Preparing Food at the East Bay Center for the Blind.
Preparing Food at the East Bay Center for the Blind.

Those of us who live with a disability are often typecast as burdens.  Because we’re limited in some ways, the ways we give to others and participate in community work often go unnoticed.

Naomi Ortiz talks with Adrienne Lauby about how caring for others affects people with disabilities.  What kinds of questions arise as we offer help?  What trade offs do we make?   Then, we visit the East Bay Center for the Blind in Berkeley to talk to those who enjoy, staff and manage this grassroots community center.

Naomi Ortiz
Naomi Ortiz

Naomi Ortiz is a writer, poet, and painter living in the US/Mexico Borderlands. She is currently writing a book on self-care for social justice activists.

Check out her blog: Self Care for Social Justice: Deep Thinking About Self-Care and Living in Multiple Worlds (Intersectionality)

The East Bay Center for the Blind in Berkeley California, offers services and social activities to a diverse group of people who are blind or low vision, many of whom are not assisted by other agencies.

Dancing at the East Bay Center for the Blind
Dancing at the East Bay Center for the Blind

Among its many offerings are a newly upgraded computer lab, classes in braille, ceramics and music appreciation, as well as dances and other social events.  The East Bay Center for the Blind (EBCB) is highly praised for its individualized programs and principled governance system. It is run entirely by the membership it serves.

East Bay Center for the Blind, 2928 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm
(510) 843-6935
[email protected]

 

The Front Door of the East Bay Center for the Blind
The Front Door of the East Bay Center for the Blind

At the EBCB, Adrienne talks with Laurie and Mike Castner, a member named Connie Thomas and the Senior Access Technology Instructor, Leah Gardner.

 

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