A woman sits at a desk with a large window behind her.
1952
1952
Founded as the Wisconsin Council of the Blind
An older man sits at a counter trying a talking blood pressure monitor.
1960s
1960s
The Council’s Sharper Vision Store opens its doors
White canes with red strips on display..
1980s
1980s
White canes first distributed by the Council
A black and white photo: Three men stand around a CCTV with bookshelves behind them.
1984
1984
The Council donates a CCTV to the UW Low Vision Clinic
A man and two women sit at a booth surrounded by adaptive products.
1989
1989
The Council's exhibit the Wisconsin State Fair
A black and white photo of a man golfing while wearing sunglasses.
1990s
1990s
Orientation and mobility are added to Council’s services
A group of people stand around a person demonstrating a task lamp.
1992
1992
The Council adds Vision Services as a pillar program
A woman holds a computer device in her lap while a man talks to her.
1994
1994
Assistive technology in 1994
A man walks out of a brick building using a white cane.
2001
2001
The Council moves to its current Williamson Street location
A program printed in black and white sits on a table.
2002
2002
50th Anniversary
A black and white sign affixed to a brick building.
2003
2003
“Visually Impaired” is added to the Council’s name
A women in black with her service dog.
2006
2006
Council introduces and shepherds Casey’s Law
A group of people looking at items on shelves.
2006
2006
The store is renamed “The Sharper Vision Store”
Brailled paper.
2012
2012
Accessible material becomes available at the post-secondary level
A woman points to a magnifier that a man is holding over a newspaper.
2015
2015
The Council's Low Vision Clinic opens
Two hands type on a keyboard with an iPhone sitting next to them.
2017
2017
Assistive technology one-on-one appointments and classes available
A woman's hands chop an onion on a black cutting board using a red knife.
2018
2018
Vision rehabilitation becomes an in-home service