Recent News Releases
Transit Equity Day, A national day of action celebrated on civil rights hero Rosa Parks’ birthday each year, February 4, 2023
Jan. 4 is World Braille Day, An Opportunity to Highlight the Value of Everyday Braille, January 3, 2023
Leaders Across Wisconsin and the U.S. Proclaim October 15 “White Cane Safety Day”, October 11, 2022
Advocates, City of Madison Promote Accessible Voting in Celebration of Disability Voting Rights Week, September 15, 2022
Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired Launches On-Site Vision Rehabilitation, August 29, 2022
Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients, June 2, 2022
January 4 is World Braille Day: WCBVI Celebrates the Power of Braille Literacy to Change the Lives of Children and Adults, December 28, 2021
Leaders Across Wisconsin and the U.S. Proclaim October 15 “White Cane Safety Day,” October 4, 2021
Describing the Council
The name of our organization is the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired. Note that we use an ampersand (&) rather than the word “and” in our name.
Our mission is to promote the dignity and empowerment of the people of Wisconsin who live with vision loss through advocacy, education and vision services.
Founded in 1952, the Council began by uniting several organizations that served people living with vision loss who realized we are stronger together than we are apart. The Council’s original mission centered around legislative advocacy and has since grown to include vision services and education. We also operate the Sharper Vision Store, a retail outlet offering a wide range of products tailored for people with vision loss, where customers can shop in person, online or by phone.
in the News
“Wisconsin’s population is trending older. Where will non-drivers find transportation?,” Wisconsin Public Radio, January 5, 2023.
“Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired advocates and provides resources for people with vision loss,” Wisconsin Public Radio, December 20, 2022.
“Sittin’ in the morning sun: Birding sits help make the activity accessible for all,” Isthmus, November 8, 2022.
“Disability advocates lay out rule changes, accommodations ahead of November election,” Wisconsin Examiner, October 27, 2022.
“UW-Green Bay Student Spotlight: Kaylee Mueller,” University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, October 21, 2022.
“Madison leaders highlight resources for disabled voters ahead of Election Day,” Channel 3000, September 15, 2022.
“Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired to offer on-site vision rehab classes,” Channel 3000, August 29, 2022.
“In first election without drop boxes, advocates worry about voting accessibility,” WKOW, August 9, 2022.
“Wisconsin Introduces Mapping Tool to Identify Where Non-Drivers Live,” National Center for Mobility Management, June 22, 2022.
“New voting regulations impact multiple groups. Here are some resources for Green Bay voters ahead of April 5 ballot,” Green Bay Press Gazette, March 31, 2022.
“‘A war on voting’: Madison, state leaders condemn barring ballot drop boxes,” Cap Times, February 16, 2022.
“40% of Oshkosh residents don’t drive, according to new state estimates,” Oshkosh Examiner, February 11, 2022.
“New Voting Restrictions Would Disproportionately Affect Disabled Voters,” New York Times, updated October 21, 2021.
“Sun Prairie Among Communities Proclaiming White Cane Safety Day,” Sun Prairie Star, October 7, 2021.
“Advocacy Group Pushing for ADA Compliant Absentee Ballots,” WBAY-TV (Green Bay), September 27, 2021.