Blind Services

Cabrillo National Monument welcomes individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired! The following services are available to you. If there is something else you may need to help your visit be easier, please call ahead. For more information, please ask a ranger at the park or contact us in advance. Please email or call 619-523-4285.
 

Route 84 on the MTS Bus Line

Cabrillo National Monument is a popular destination for the Metropolitan Transit Station (MTS). Route 84 stops in the parking lot of our park. Exit the bus and head east along the concrete sidewalk directly to our Visitor Center.
 
1 page full of braille dots in white spiral-bound book.
Cabrillo National Monument Unigrid in Braille

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Park Brochure Available in a Variety of Formats

The park brochure is available in a variety of different languages, audio described, text only and braille. It is also available using the UniD app on your iOS or Android smart phone. (UniDescription is a project based at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that supports NPS sites in audio describing their brochures. Currently, over 100 NPS sites' brochures are available through this app.)
 

Audio-Described Films in Auditorium

All feature films in the Visitor Center Auditorium have Audio Description. The 3 movies played in the auditorium are: In Search of Cabrillo, Edge of Land and Sea, and First Breath: Grey Whales. One is played each hour on a rotating basis. Pick up an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) from the Visitor Center. The AD is on channel C.
 
Round disc with a hand holding an electronic pen and the logo for Audio Description.
Tactile marker logo found on bottom right corner of each wayside sign.

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Audio Wayside Signs

The Tactile Talking Pen and Tactile Map is available for use throughout the park. 40 informational signs along paths and in front of buildings use a tactile marker that auditorily states the view around the sign; the name, text, and description of the sign; and directions to the next tactile marker. The pen can be used with or without the spiralbound tactile map. The tactile map breaks up the park into sections for more detailed views. Please ask a ranger at the Visitor Center for assistance.
 

Audio & Large Print Temporary Exhibits

A large print book can accompany all temporary exhibits around the park. Audio versions of the temporary exhibits are found on the park's website on the accessibility page. Please ask a ranger at the Visitor Center for assistance.

 

Tactile Models

Tactile models of a Pacific Gray Whale, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and the Point Loma Peninsula are located outside near the lighthouse area. Etchings of life-sized Gray Whales and Giant Kelp are in the concrete under your feet at the Kelp Overlook. How many steps does it takes for you to get across the body of a whale? And that's not a rock on the south side of the concrete whale, it's the whale's eye!

Two different actual Fresnel lenses are free to tactily examine inside the Lighthouse Museum.
 

Audio/Visual Tours

Audio descriptions of Cabrillo's voyage and the inside of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse are available in the respective museums.
 

Volunteer with Cabrillo National Monument!

Local to the park? We can use your help! We have several volunteer opportunities available to you. One opportunity is the Accessibility Support Assistant. People in this volunteer position will help Cabrillo National Monument stay accessible and welcoming as possible to individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Last updated: August 29, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Phone:

(619) 523-4285

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