Who we are

The Council’s mission, values and history

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Mission & Values

MISSION: Promote the dignity and empowerment of the people in Wisconsin who are blind and visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation and educating the general public.

VALUES: Inclusivity, uncompromising respect and integrity are the core values that guide the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired in fulfilling our mission. We foster long-term relationships with our partners, sister organizations, donors, policy-makers and the public. Expand the categories below to learn how the Council defines and embraces inclusivity, practices uncompromising respect, and fosters integrity.

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As people who are blind or visually impaired, we understand the experiences of being part of a minority group that at times faces adversity or discrimination. Therefore, we are committed to actively seeking and welcoming diverse people, experiences and perspectives and to foster inclusivity. Practicing inclusivity creates opportunities for greater innovation, sustainability and mission-focused, responsive and person-centered programs and services.

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uncompromising respect

We uphold the dignity and worth of all individuals and groups in how we treat each other, even in times of disagreement or conflict. We acknowledge and affirm all people traveling with us on this life journey of blindness or visual impairment, including those facing rapidly changing vision. We recognize that each individual and family must take their own path on this journey in an atmosphere of genuine support and compassion, allowing for constructive feedback, growth-centered risk-taking and creativity.

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We practice unfailing integrity in all individual and organizational actions to steward the Council’s precious human, financial and capital resources. Our goal is to say what we do and do what we say, both within the organization and outside of it, which we exemplify by the highest standards of ethics, honesty and trustworthiness as we live our mission.


The Council began by uniting several organizations that served people who realized we are stronger together than we are apart. The original mission centered around legislative advocacy, but over time grew to include vision services and education. Below is a timeline that highlights major dates from the Council’s founding in 1952 to today.

Vision Facts

Every 7 minutes, someone in American will become blind or visually impaired.
The estimated number of visually impaired Americans will be 7 million by 2020

Vision loss can occur at any age, but as the population ages, age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma will increase.

The Council is committed to empowering and assisting the growing number of people who must make lifestyle changes and adjustments due to vision impairment.