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.

Over 22 Million Affected by Cataracts – Learn More about this Disease during Cataract Awareness Mont


Vision loss from cataracts continues to be a growing problem, and while there is no cure, there are ways to prevent the onset of this disease. 

During Cataract Awareness Month, it’s important to realize that more than 22 million Americans are affected by cataracts, costing an estimated $6.8 billion in treatment costs. The disease is especially prevalent in people age 40 and older.

A cataract occurs when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy. For a person with a cataract, it may seem as if they are looking through a dirty, foggy windshield. When a cataract affects everyday activities, such as driving, doctors recommend having surgery to remove the cataract, which is the only effective treatment.

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Changes to Website Coming this Summer


Get ready for a brand new look to the Council’s website. The changes will include a more modern design with more accessible ways to access information.

Justin Lemke, Administrative Assistant for Education, Marketing and Governance, is excited to offer a more user-friendly website.

“I am always encouraged to see technology bringing accessibility options to blind and visually impaired persons,” Lemke said. “With our new website people who are blind and visually impaired will be able to easily find resources, purchase assistive technology products, and learn about the Council’s great events.”

Information and Referral Specialist Chad Nelson is also looking forward to what the upgraded site will offer.

“I really think it will definitely be a lot easier to use,” Nelson said. “We haven’t upgraded the site in several years and I think people will look forward to the change.”

The new website is planned to launch in June.

Join Us for Dining in The Dark on May 3


For the fourth straight year, the Council is partnering with GingeRootz Asian Grille in Appleton for an unforgettable dining experience.

This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, May 3. Dining in the Dark allows sighted guests to have an opportunity to experience dining on a multi-course meal without using their sight.

Council Fund Development Director Lori Werbeckes said Dining in the Dark is truly one-of-a-kind.

“We always have so much fun at Dining in the Dark and it seems to attract more people every year,” Werbeckes said.

Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling GingeRootz at 920-738-9688 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Cost is $65 per person; $80 with a wine pairing. GingeRootz is located at 2920 N. Ballard Road in Appleton.

For more information, contact Lori Werbeckes at 608-237-8114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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