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By Denise Jess, CEO/Executive Director

Inclusivity, uncompromising respect and integrity represent the core values of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Core values are what help guide our actions and support us in achieving our mission and vision.  If we imagine that we’re on board a bus together, the destination for the journey is striving for our mission and achieving our vision.  How we interact with each other, with those getting on and off the bus and those we pass by is reflected in our core values.  By going through a rigorous process in 2016 to identify, agree upon and make these values public, the Council continues to hold ourselves to a high standard for excellence in what we do.

I am so privileged to witness these values in action on an on-going basis. 

Our values live in how our vision services team, reception and store staff listen attentively and compassionately to client concerns and needs, seeking to find solutions that better their quality of life. 

Our values live in our board and staff discussions, as we consider multiple perspectives to make shared decisions that inform the Council’s goals and direction. 

Our values live in our relationships with partnering organizations to find creative ways to utilize our unique talents and assets for the greater good. 

Our values live in how we hold a Culture of Philanthropy with deep gratitude for each person who makes a contribution to the Council. 

Our values live in our publications in striving to share the realities of people living with vision loss in authentic and heart-felt ways. 

As our journey continues to promote the dignity and independence of the people of Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired, we look forward to many opportunities to practice integrity, inclusivity and uncompromising respect with our fellow passengers for years to come.

To read the full values statement for the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, please visit the “Who We Are” page of our website at