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.

Council Seeking Applicants for Annual Scholarship and Awards

 

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is continuing its tradition of supporting post-secondary education, as well as recognizing outstanding volunteers and employers for the blind and visually impaired community.

This spring, the Council will hold its annual scholarship luncheon with its annual awards luncheon. Once again, the Council will offer ten scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to full and part-time students-- whether undergrad, graduate, professional, or doctoral-- who are Wisconsin residents and are blind or visually impaired. 

The awards committee is also seeking nominations for the Louis Seidita Distinguished Service Award, Exceptional Accommodation Award, Legislator of the Year, Community Partnership Award and Public Service Award.

For the scholarship kit and guidelines, please click here.

The deadline for applications is March 25.

For details on each award and the nomination process, please click here

The deadline for nominations is April 1.

The annual awards and scholarship luncheon will be held on May 21 in Madison.

Registration Deadline Quickly Approaching for Snowshoeing event on 2/20

 

Join the Council as we partner with two different groups in two different communities for a special afternoon of snowshoeing on Saturday, February 20.

The University of Wisconsin Hoofers Outdoors Club is hosting one event for the Council’s Recreation Committee from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. starting at Outdoor UW in the Mendota Lodge, located at the UW Madison Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.) on Lake Mendota.

The second event will be hosted by Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall Creek, WI (S1 County Road K) from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $20/person

To register and for more information, click here.

Wisconsin Resident Reflects on Experience with Rare Eye Disease

 

Each day, thousands of people struggle with rare diseases across the U.S., and there are several rare diseases related to the eyes. Jennifer Much knows how important rare disease awareness is because she has dealt with Reiger Syndrome Anomaly since childbirth.

Much, a 26-year-old from Appleton, was diagnosed with the rare disease a week after she was born.

“My mom noticed I wouldn’t open my eyes when it was normal light out, like outside, or if it was really bright in the house. I would only open my eyes when it was really dim,” Much said. “She took me to my pediatrician who actually told her she was a ‘paranoid mom.’”

Not settling for her pediatrician’s opinion, Much’s mom took her baby daughter to an ophthalmologist, and was diagnosed with Reiger Syndrome Anomaly, a rare genetic disease that causes eye abnormalities.

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