Welcome to Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

MISSION

To promote the dignity and empowerment of the people of Wisconsin who live with vision loss through advocacy, education, and vision services.

Advocating for Wisconsin residents who are blind or visually impaired on local, state and federal issues

Teaching about the causes of vision loss, available medications and visual aids

One-on-one and group support for people who are newly diagnosed, including low vision evaluations, in-home visits and assistive technology

Nathan Schmitt standing in front of trees

2022 Student Spotlight: Nathan Schmitt

2022 Council Scholarship recipient Nathan Schmitt says his first semester at Milwaukee Area Technical College was “actually pretty easy.” The 2022 Franklin High School graduate locked in a 3.9 grade point average. When Nathan says things were “pretty easy,” he’s not being immodest. He’s been interested in and learning about electronics and information technology since… Continue Reading 2022 Student Spotlight: Nathan Schmitt

Brent Goodman standing in front of a sculpture of an antlered animal

Welcome to Our New Board Members!

The Council is pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors this year. Each represents a different background and brings a unique perspective to the Council. Chamomile Harrison Madison resident Chamomile Harrison is a 2021 UW-Whitewater graduate who majored in Psychology. While at the university, she worked in the Office of Leadership… Continue Reading Welcome to Our New Board Members!

Rachel Pavone sitting across a table from a man using a braille labeler.

What’s on the Menu? Council’s Vision Services Offerings Continue to Grow

Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Rachel Pavone working with a client on use of a braille labeler. Whether it’s during a home visit, at a job site, at our own office or in a virtual remote session, the Council’s Vision Services staff can help determine the impact of vision loss on an individual’s daily activities and… Continue Reading What’s on the Menu? Council’s Vision Services Offerings Continue to Grow

Trailblazers Low Vision Support Group

February 13
Online via Zoom

Online support group meets the second Monday of the month. Led by Vision Services staff. Open to all.

Spring Scholarship Program

Applications Available Mid-February

The Council will provide up to ten academic scholarships to support students living with vision loss. 

February 23
Online via Zoom

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