2018 Annual Report

Our founder, Roberta Griffith would be heartened to know that the organization she started 105 years ago would go on to help thousands of individuals with low vision or blindness thrive in a sighted world.  It is because of you, our wonderful donors and supporters, that we are able to continue Roberta’s legacy, one client at a time.

How Your Support Impacted Our Clients in 2018

733 clients learned new adaptation skills delivered by our talented low vision doctors, Vision Rehabilitation Therapists, Occupational Therapist, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Social Workers.  Vision Rehabilitation Services helped clients live with more independence and confidence.

243 clients and family members attended Peer Support Groups and taught each other about living with vision loss, supported one another and made lasting friendships.

281 clients addressed emotional issues caused by their vision loss and accessed additional resources, thanks to our Counseling and Advocacy Services.

No one is denied service through ABVI due to inability to pay.

Improving Lives
93% of our clients, after receiving rehabilitation services, reported that they experienced improvements in the areas of:
• Independent living skills
• Financial management functions
• Recreation and home/environment management.
97% of participants in our Peer Support Groups reported that they received increased awareness of methods, devices and resources to help them remain independent.

Group of walkers outside ABVI on White Cane Safety Day

Group of walkers outside ABVI on White Cane Safety Day

Community Services

525 individuals throughout our communities received free Acuity and Glaucoma Screenings in 2017.

33% of those screened were referred to eye care professionals for full examinations.

Staff member conducting vision screening

Quick Facts

  • Over 46% of our clients reported household incomes under $25,000/yr.
  • Women comprised over 64% of our clients.
  • Over 10% of our clients were people of color.
  • Over 73% of our clients were 65 years or older.

Using our Financial Resources

Our most recent IRS 990 reports that over 80% of our revenue was committed to programs and services.  Our total revenue was $792,491 and our expenses were $867,945.

Educational Efforts

631 individuals in the communities in which we serve received education on sight-robbing eye conditions and on the importance of maintaining good eye health throughout their lives.

Focus Forward

We are a rapidly aging population. Sight-robbing vision conditions will only be increasing in the coming years, and the need for vision rehabilitation services will continue to grow.

It is through your ongoing support, donations, planned giving gifts and volunteer efforts that ABVI will continue to provide tools and resources to help people succeed… and to live self-sufficiently, with dignity, and to their fullest capabilities.  Thank you!