Welcome to the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, located in Madison, WI, is a private not-for-profit community-based organization.
Our Mission is to promote the dignity and independence of the people in Wisconsin who are blind and visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation and educating the general public.
Low Vision Support Group For Rock County Veterans
Thanks to a generous grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired has formed a monthly support group for Rock County veterans who are blind or have low vision. The purpose of this support group is to provide a welcoming atmosphere where veterans can exchange and share information, experiences, and resources in their areas.
The support group is scheduled to meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00am at the Kienow-Hilt VFW Post 1621, located at 1015 Center Avenue in Janesville. The first meeting was Wednesday, April 8. Even if you did not attend the first meeting, you are welcome to join the group on any second Wednesday in the future.
The Council Opens Low Vision Clinic and Welcomes New Low Vision Therapist
The Council is proud to announce and welcome Amy Wurf as the new Low Vision Therapist. She comes with 19 years of experience providing low vision services to adults in the Midwest, primarily to veterans at VA Hospitals in Chicago and Madison.
Amy’s arrival brought an opportunity for the Council to open a Low Vision Clinic at their Madison office location. The Low Vision Clinic, where Amy will offer low vision evaluations, opened on February 23, 2015. Providing evaluations in the same location as the Sharper Vision Store will allow access to the assistive devices people may need to remain as independent as possible during this time of vision change.
Celebrate Women’s Eye Health Month: Learn about Dry Eye Syndrome
The American Academy of Ophthalmology declares April “Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month.” Did you know that women make up two thirds of the population who have blindness or visual impairment? This is due to a combination of factors, including women’s longer life spans, reproductive health, and eye conditions which are more common in women. Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions in women. It is most often seen in people over the age of 55. Approximately 6 million women and 3 million men experience dry eye symptoms.