The Hatlen Center Blog

Students Test Website at eBay Headquarters

December 3rd, 2014 by admin. File under: Technology

Hatlen students, Chad and Philbert, recently enjoyed the opportunity to test the eBay website for accessibility. Read the rest of this entry »

Joan’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch

November 12th, 2014 by admin. File under: Recreation

HUGE THANKS to Kristina McVay of J.M. Smucker Company and her team of five volunteers for their continued support of The Hatlen Center! Read the rest of this entry »

San Pablo Wins All-American City Award!

October 15th, 2014 by admin. File under: Hatlen News

The Hatlen Center is so proud of our city! The National Civic League has announced that the City of San Pablo WON the 2014 All-America City Award Read the rest of this entry »

Speaking Out For The Blind

November 29th, 2012 by admin. File under: Hatlen News

Our Executive Director, Patricia Williams, was recently interviewed about The Hatlen Center for a radio show called “Speaking Out For the Blind.” Read the rest of this entry »


July 10th, 2012 by admin. File under: Events

On July 10th, staff and students packed up and drove to Farmer’s Daughter Produce in Brentwood to go peach picking. Read the rest of this entry »

Music in the Park

June 28th, 2012 by admin. File under: Recreation

Last week, staff and students climbed into the Hatlen Center vans and spent the afternoon at Kennedy Grove in El Sobrante. We had a hot dog barbeque and many students participated in the drum circles. Check out our Facebook page for more pics!

Music in the park

Visitors from Sonoma

May 14th, 2012 by admin. File under: Lessons

A group of VI teachers from Sonoma recently came to The Hatlen Center to learn how to use VoiceOver to control their iDevices. VoiceOver is Appleā€™s proprietary screen reading program, and comes as a standard feature on all new iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. Read the rest of this entry »

Visitors from Russia!

December 1st, 2011 by admin. File under: Events

Once again we were honored to host visitors from another country, this time Russia! Yesterday, November 30, Doctors Mila Vladimirovna and Marina Dmitriyevna spent the afternoon with us Read the rest of this entry »

Visitors from China!

November 7th, 2011 by admin. File under: Hatlen News

On Thursday, November 3, we were so very honored to receive visitors from Shenzhen, China. Read the rest of this entry »

Report From Graduating Student

September 19th, 2011 by admin. File under: Student Stories

The following letters were written by student Jes Smith over the course of his stay in our program and beyond, starting with the most recent.

September 2013

Well, Jean and I are happily married and living on our own in an apartment complex about fifteen minutes from my parents’ so they can help us if we ask them too. IF we ever have a problem with our apartment’s appliances, maintenance is just a phone call away if we can’t solve the problem ourselves. We have a meeting to set up paratransit service, so that looks promising. When Jean and I cook, we have markings on the oven and stove top for the different settings we need. I do the grilling, since she’s sort of afraid of it, and she does the stovetop stuff. I do the “dirty work”, cleaning the bathrooms and the sinks and doing the dishes, while she does the laundry. A nice team effort. Hatlen really was one of the best years of my life, folks. You guys have impacted my life in so many ways, and I’m so glad I was so determined to get in there.

June 2012

Well, my time here at the Hatlen Center is almost finished. Thank you so much for pulling for me and helping me get in this program that served my training needs for independent living so well. I have enjoyed my time here getting to know the staff, have enjoyed learning from their areas of expertise, and have also enjoyed teaching a bit about the Apple products to the instructors here.

As far as living on my own, I still have a ways to go, but my self-confidence has been given a real boost from my time here. I still have a lot to learn, and will keep learning throughout life. A little help from close family and friends will be just what I need to continue learning and growing. Thanks to the Hatlen Center though, I have been given a wonderful foundation in which to start. I know how to do a lot more things than I knew a year ago. You guys believe in us students one hundred and fifty percent and won’t take anything but the best from us.

The comprehensive nature of this program proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt, and I can safely say that I am the better for it. In the future, if there is anything I can do to further the growth of the Hatlen Center, don’t hesitate to let me know.


October 2011

“A few of us students were hanging out at my place this afternoon, and we started talking about how Hatlen compares to other centers and how it uses a different approach to training students to be independent. One of us came up with the analogy that says it all. Read the rest of this entry »