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.

Save the Date: Gardening Webinar April 2, 2014

Barb Kreski

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired’s webinar, “Gardening with Vision Impairment,” will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 10-11 AM CST.

The guest speaker is Barbara Kreski, Director of Horticultural Therapy Services at the Chicago Botanic Garden (www.chicagobotanic.org/). Barb will speak about outdoor gardening with a focus on enjoying the gardening experience through touch and smell when the gardener has vision loss.  She will also address safety tips, stress reduction and tools to ease the work. 


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.


Ten $2,000 Scholarships available in 2015!

Each year, the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired allocates funds to provide scholarships for full and part-time, blind or visually impaired post-secondary students enrolled or accepted in college and vocational/community school programs. This year, the Council is thrilled to offer 10 scholarships for $2,000 each.


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