Berkeley: City of the Blind

An evening of storytelling about our city and some of the significant blind individuals and organizations for whom it has been home.

The Holman Society invites blind and sighted communities to come together for an evening of story telling and conversation about the blind history of our city, and the people, past and present, who inhabit Blind Berkeley, as well as their influence in the wider blind and sighted world.

Did you know that both of the major blind consumer organizations in the United States have their roots in Berkeley, California?

Did you know that Jacobus tenBroek, instruimental in the founding of those organizations, was a blind professor at UCB, and that his scholarship had a role in both the Civil Rights and Disability Rights movements of the '60s and '70s?

Did you ever wonder about The California School for the Deaf and Blind which occupied the site of what is now Berkeley's Clark Kerr Campus from 1867 to 1980?

Have you ever said to yourself, "Wow! There sure are a lot of blind people in Berkeley... What's up with that?"

Please join the blind people of Berkeley for refreshments and an evening of thoughtful stories and discussion as we explore our city's uniquely blind past, present, and future.

You'll never see Berkeley the same way again!

The Holman Society, 2015