South Sarasota County Council of the Blind

Welcome to the

South Sarasota County

Council of the Blind

Whether you are totally blind or visually impaired, whether you have just started to lose your vision or you have had vision loss​ for many years, whether you are a snowbird or a year-round Florida resident--there's help for you with the SSCCB. 

History of the SSCCB​​​

South Sarasota County Council of the Blind is only the most recent name of this group, which began in 1982 as the Nokomis-Venice Chapter of the Florida Council of the Blind and later became the Venice Council of the Blind.  Because we serve all of Sarasota County south of Sarasota (which has its own chapter, the Sarasota Council of the Blind), we wanted our name to include all  other areas in Sarasota County.  Since the "Nokomis-Osprey-Venice-Englewood-North Port-and unincorporated areas of Sarasota County" seemed like an awfully long name, we settled on South Sarasota County Council of the Blind, Inc., or SSCCB for short.  Members include totally blind, low vision, and sighted residents of the area, and officers are elected every two years by the membership.  President and Vice-President must be legally blind, to ensure that leadership represents the needs of the visually impaired.  Dues are $12 per year, which includes membership in the Florida Council of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind.

The SSCCB is a chapter of the Florida Council of the Blind, a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the American Council of the Blind.  Over the years, the location of our monthly meetings has changed as often as our name, but for the past several years we have been fortunate to be able to use the Lions Community Room at the Venice Health Park, 1283 Jacaranda Blvd, at the corner of Jacaranda and Center Road.  Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 12:30 with an optional $5.00 lunch of sandwiches or pizza, with the business meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. No meetings are held in June, July or August.  You do not need to be a member to attend.

A local support group of visually impaired area residents who routinely met for lunch at local restaurants was incorporated into the SSCCB in recent years, and this monthly lunch takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month at various restaurants in the county.  Again, membership is not required to participate. 

A summer picnic, a Christmas party at a restaurant, and an annual walk and banquet to observe National White Cane Day in October have been added to the activities members participate in each year. 

Time doesn't stop for the SSCCB, and new ideas are always welcome!

Our Mission

The mission of the South Sarasota County Council of the Blind is to

promote the welfare and independence of blind and visually impaired members of our community.  To accomplish this goal we will

  • Conduct a program of public education aimed at improving the understanding of the challenges faced by and the capabilities of people who are blind and visually impaired
  • Facilitate improving education, rehabilitation, vocational, transportation and recreational opportunities for persons with vision loss
  • Encourage and assist persons with visual impairments to develop their abilities, realize their potentials, and assume their responsible place in the community
  • Improve public relations with various agencies and organizations in the community
  • Provide for the free exchange of ideas, opinions and information relative to matters of concern to people who are blind and visually impaired
  • Provide a means by which persons with vision loss can obtain needed adaptive equipment and technology to enhance independence

Conducting outreach at the SunFestival in Venice