Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Everything we do at the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
(ABVI) is meant to restore a vision for life.
Here is the story of our client Cassaundra:
"For as long as I can remember, I have loved books, and the stories
they carry. I believe in the power of story – that it can transform us,
and encourage us to be our very best, no matter what our trials
As an individual who is legally blind, reading could have been a
challenge for me, but the tools and technology provided through
ABVI have allowed me to read any book, entirely on my own.
When I was a teenager, this support from ABVI was hugely
influential to my independence, and only encouraged my passion
for an undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing.
While in college, I realized that each
of us has a story to share, and that
in sharing these stories, we are
better able to connect, and to grow
with those around us. I still believe
in the power of a single story, and
how it can change lives and whole
communities. One voice can make
a difference. This conviction led me
to graduate studies in the field of
social work, with a special interest
in policy writing and reformation.
I am thankful to ABVI for the services
they provided that directly impacted
my ability to thrive in my studies.
Without adaptive equipment like
Closed Circuit Televisions, and
various magnifiers, I know that my
academic experience would have
been much more difficult.
It is my vision to always advocate
for the stories of others. It is my
vision to use the power of written
words to impact lasting change,
so that all may be empowered
As Cassaundra's story illustrates, every aspect of ABVI's services is meant
to restore a vision for life for those who have limited sight or blindness.
Another ABVI client put it this way, "When I go other places, they tell me
what I can't do. When I come to ABVI, they show me what I can do."
Many clients cannot afford to pay for these services since often they
are not covered by insurance. Because of this, ABVI charges a fraction
of the actual cost so no person is turned away. These services are
only possible through the generosity of donors like you.
Please help us provide for those facing the difficulty of vision loss
Your gift can restore a vision for life!
Richard Stevens, Executive Director