Orientation Center for the Blind

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) operates the Orientation Center for the Blind (OCB). Located in Albany, CA, the OCB fosters independent living for blind or visually impaired adults through an immersion program in a residential environment.

This live-in, dorm style community has been enriching the lives of its residents for 48 years. We do this by providing a myriad of classes and programs designed to assist blind or visually impaired adults with transitioning back into society.

OCB Brochure in Rich Text

To ensure we continue to meet the needs of our consumers, the center recently underwent a complete renovation of its facilities as well as its training curriculum.

Two OCB Pictures - Building Front and Courtyard


Fast Facts

  • Residential facilities are available for up to 36 students

  • Length of training is individualized to students' needs, but averages six to nine months

  • There is no cost to students for tuition, lodging and meals

  • Any DOR consumer who is blind or visually impaired may be considered for participation

Classes and Training

OCB Handbook

The OCB Handbook in RTF (or OCB Handbook in MS Word) contains comprehensive information regarding the Center's programs, policies and practices.

How to Apply

Start the application process by contacting your local California Department of Rehabilitation office , or contact the OCB directly at 510-559-1200 or by email at ocbinfo@dor.ca.gov.