What We Do
Legislative advocacy has been a cornerstone of the Council’s mission since its founding in 1952.
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired Legislative Committee advocates for Wisconsin citizens who are blind/visually impaired on issues involving local, state and federal rules, regulations, initiatives, policies and legislative proposals.
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The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired provides a number of vision services.
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The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired coordinates a speaker’s bureau, and we always appreciate the opportunity to share information and insights about blindness or vision loss.
We are available for free educational presentations to schools, community organizations, low vision support groups, churches, clubs and a wide variety of other organizations. Our presentations can be in response to a specific request or on general topics related to blindness and vision loss. We also can provide packets of information on specific topics of interest.
Our Mission statement guides us to understand as one of our purposes “educating the general public.” We take this directive seriously and will do our very best to accommodate your requests.
Please call our Director of Community Relations at 608-255-1166 for further information.
Assistive products are items that make every day tasks for the blind and visually impaired a little easier. For example, did you know that there is a device that can help you write out a check? Or that there are cribbage boards with raised numbers and large-print decks of cards? These are just some of the hundreds of items available through the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired. You can shop on-line and see these products at The Sharper Vision Store.
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired sells specialized items at low cost to people who are blind or have low vision. Popular items such as magnifiers, clocks, watches, talking devices, kitchen equipment and writing supplies are on display at the Sharper Vision Store in Madison WI and in our on-line store. These items can be ordered on line, via phone or through the mail.
For additional information, call a Sharper Vision Store Product Specialist at 608-237-8100.
Free White Canes
Any Wisconsin citizen who is blind or visually impaired may be eligible for one free white cane every 24 months. If these citizens are first time cane users, and not listed in our database, they would be eligible for an additional back-up cane within the first two years of receiving their first cane, at half the retail cost of a cane. Canes that are available are Ambutech adjustable support cane, Ambutech folding mobility cane and Ambutech folding ID cane.
Wisconsin citizens may be eligible if their vision is less than 20/70. According to Wisconsin State statute 47.01 and the United States Code, 42 USC 1382 c(a)(2), legal blindness is defined as central visual acuity not greater than 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses or a visual field that subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.
Donations are appreciated to cover the cost and continue the program for others. Call 1-800-783-5213 or 608-255-1166 for more information.
Computer Technology, Evaluation and Training for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The council provides evaluation services and training to individuals and groups about how to use technology to enhance their lives and stay connected to others. These services include assistance and training using screen reader software, screen magnifier software as well as basic software training. Contact us for additional information on these services.