Orientation Center for the Blind (OCB), Trust Fund Committee
The Orientation Center for the Blind (OCB), Trust Fund Committee is established pursuant to Section 19507 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consults with the OCB Trust Fund Committee concerning the use of moneys in the OCB Trust Fund, which is funded solely for the purpose of the betterment of the students of the program at the OCB.
OCB PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The OCB is a DOR owned and operated residential facility to assist adults adjust to vision loss in a residential environment that is respectful, knowledgeable, and empowering. Credentialed teachers and qualified rehabilitation professionals provide a full curriculum of classes and experiences individually tailored to assist each student reach their full potential for self-sufficiency and contribution to society. Length of training is individualized to meet students' needs, and averages six to nine months. Training services include orientation and mobility, daily living skills, resource management, computer access technology, Braille instruction, pre-vocational preparation, and personal adjustment counseling. The OCB is available to support up to 36 students at any given time, and there is no cost for tuition, lodging, and meals. Individuals interested in attending the OCB may apply by contacting their local DOR office. More information on the OCB may be found at the OCB page.
The OCB Trust Fund Committee shall be composed of three members, all of whom shall be graduates of the OCB. The DOR Director shall consider for appointment to the OCB Trust Fund Committee individuals who are members of groups of advocates for the blind and visually impaired. No more than one member of any group shall be appointed, and appointment shall be from a list of at least two nominees submitted by the group. The DOR Director shall appoint one member to be an at-large representative.
COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMITMENT
The OCB Trust Fund Committee will meet at least annually. The meeting location will primarily be held at the DOR Central Office in Sacramento or at the OCB in Albany. Travel, lodging, and per diem will be reimbursed per state guidelines and rates for state employees. More information can be found at the CalHR Travel Reimbursements Website .