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.
June Webinar Announced! Telephones and Visual Impairment
Join the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired (the Council) for a free 60 minute webinar, “Telephones and Visual Impairment,” on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 1-2 PM CST. The webinar will outline four types of phones, including corded, cordless, and cellular phones. Jean and Virginia will describe features of each type of phone verbally and through video demonstrations. The audience will learn techniques for using a phone, such as dialing a button phone by touch, marking key buttons, tips for setting up speed dial, and telephone features to consider when the user has both vision and hearing impairments.
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.
Fishing, Fun, and Friends Event on June 27, 2015
Join the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired for “Fishing, Fun, and Friends,” a fishing event on Saturday, June 27, 2015 on Lake Onalaska from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Participants will meet at Shafer’s Boats and Bait in Onalaska and then enjoy a pontoon boat ride around the lake while trying to hook the biggest catch of the day! The goal of Fishing, Fun, and Friends is to provide an opportunity for people who are blind and visually impaired from all over the state to come together to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin outdoors, learn or enhance their fishing skills, and most of all – have fun!