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California School for the Blind


CSB’s history and services

The California School for the Blind provides a wide range of intensive, disability-specific instruction to students between the ages of six and twenty-two who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind in residential as well as day school programs. The California School for the Blind (CSB) was established in San Francisco in 1860 and was relocated to Fremont, CA, its current location, in 1980. It is the only State Special School for the Blind in California.

The California School for the Blind offers Academic, Applied Academic, and Life Skills programs designed to meet each student’s individual needs. Students work on Common Core State Standards as well as the Expanded Core Curriculum, with intensive instruction in the areas of Braille, Orientation and Mobility, Assistive Technology, Daily Living Skills, and Career/Vocational skills. Students can be referred to CSB by their school districts at parent request or when students’ Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams recommend such a referral.

In addition to educational programs, the California School for the Blind maintains an extensive and robust outreach program through the California Education Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CERCBVI). The CERCBVI provides no-cost consultation, assessment, training, and technical assistance for educational teams and families of visually impaired students throughout California. Outreach services include one-week Short Courses, Summer Academies, Parent and Teacher Workshops, an Assessment Center, and a Low Vision Clinic, all at no charge to districts and families.

For more information regarding the California School for the Blind, please contact Gina Ouellette, Superintendent at 510-794-3800 or by e-mail at

All the best,

Gina Ouellette, Superintendent
California School for the Blind