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The Hatlen Center

The Hatlen Center, a Program of Junior Blind

Students at The Hatlen Center, a program of Junior Blind, are truly living on their own as they pay their own rent, cook their own food and travel to meet real-life needs. They learn to budget their own money, develop real credit reputations, take care of their own medical needs and learn how to use all the latest assistive technology in our state-of-the-art computer lab. Every part of the Hatlen curriculum is designed to address individualized goals that will lead students to confidently transition to a life of their own.

Who We Serve

The Hatlen Center serves adults, ages 18 and older, who have graduated high school and are ready to take the next step towards living an independent life. Students may attend school or work part-time while attending The Hatlen Center.

Our Staff

The Hatlen Center staff is a team of dedicated and experienced professionals in the field of visual impairment. Click here to learn more about each staff member.

Program Highlights

  • One-on-one individualized instruction by immersion: Daily Living Skills, Assistive Technology, Braille, Orientation and Mobility, Financial Management and Pre-Vocational (see our program curriculum)
  • Cutting-edge assistive technology training focused on real needs for independent living, school and work
  • Financial management experience: real bills, real credit, real life
  • Pre-Vocational curriculum involving soft skills and career exploration
  • Opportunity to attend school or work part-time while in the program
  • Training in self-advocacy and self-determination
  • Start to finish model allows students to participate in every aspect of the task being taught
  • Recreation program includes local Bay Area opportunities and exciting adventures beyond

Service Areas

The Hatlen Center is located in San Pablo, California, a safe neighborhood with access to public transportation to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Applications are accepted from students located across the United States.

Referral Procedure

Interested students may contact The Hatlen Center for more information or to schedule a tour at any time. Participation in DOR sponsored Junior Blind programs such as The Hatlen Center are at the discretion of, and require approval from, Rehabilitation Counseling staff prior to attendance.

Rebecca's Story of Triumph


“Growing up, my vision was stable up until I got to high school, which is when I started noticing a lot of differences. My issues with depth perception prevented me from doing the best I could. During my last year at school, I felt like I needed a new challenge. So my teacher helped me apply to The Hatlen Center."
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