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.

The White Cane Appeal


In 2015, 489 people in Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired received a free white cane from the Council. For those people who received their first white cane, or replaced a well-worn one, having that cane means they can safely cross the street, walk confidently throughout their neighborhood, and be recognized as someone with low vision.

The Council has been providing white canes free of charge for over 30 years. Records from the early years are not available, but our best guess is that we have given away more than 7,500 canes!

Please consider a generous gift to the Council to help us cover the cost of the white canes and for other vision services we offer throughout the state to those with low vision. Gifts can be made by clicking the DONATE button or by mailing a check to WCBVI, 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI  53703. Thank you!

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.

“The Outlook from Here” is Looking for Additional Writers


Are you a Wisconsinite who is blind or has a visual impairment? Do you like to write? Would you like to share your stories of living with a visual impairment or a family member's visual impairment?

“The Outlook from Here” writers’ group is looking for new members to help write our blog. To date, our group has written over 50 stories on subjects ranging from dating to self-advocacy to seeking employment and everything in between.

You can review all of our stories at http://tinyurl.com/zz9wyh4.  No experience is necessary and we will gladly help you to brainstorm about topics, as well as provide feedback, editing advice and writing tips. There is no pay, but the rewards of helping people understand life with a visual impairment and making new friends who share your passion for writing and for public education are priceless. If interested, contact UW-Madison writing instructor and WCBVI board member Annika Konrad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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