Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
507 Kent Street
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 797-2233 (Local)
(315) 797-2244 (Fax)
(877) 719-9996 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

The mission of CABVI is to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired achieve their highest levels of independence. CABVI provides all vision services free of charge.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 980
Number of staff: 154
Geographic area served: 7 counties in central New York: Oneida, Madison, Herkimer, Lewis, Montgomery, Fulton, and Otsego.
Publications: Newsletter, annual report.


Kathy Beaver, Vice President, Rehabilitation, kathyb@cabvi.org
Rudy D'Amico, President/CEO, (315) 797-2233, rudyd@cabvi.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Intake worker and rehabilitation specialist determines present needs and skills level of clients.
  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes aids and appliances for independent living, home management and recreation. Products for sale on site.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Textbooks and other reading material transcribed into braille.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides extensive outreach services to entire upstate New York region, ensuring that information about available vision services reaches those in need of agency service.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, group, family, crisis intervention counseling and referral to community services. Provides consultation to other agencies on counseling/social work services; adult support group meetings; children's services; resource advocacy and training activities for visually impaired children.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Rehabilitation offers a full range of visual rehabilitation services including independent living skills, orientation and mobility, activities of daily living, vocational rehabilitation, and occupational therapy.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers job evaluation, training, community placement and facility based employment at Central Industries that manufactures and sells products to state and federal government. Also has Work Activity Center for individuals who are blind and developmentally disabled. Offers telecommunication employment at VA Center.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides general information about blindness and visually impairment. When appropriate, refers to other community, state, and national organizations. Provides public education and in-service training programs upon request. Offers prevention, vocational, and other educational materials and information.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Certified low vision specialists provide evaluation and prescribe low vision optical aids and devices to maximize remaining vision.
  • Recreation Services
    • Refers and provides consultation to other agencies for some recreational services.
  • Services for Seniors
    • All services provided are offered to seniors.
  • Support Groups
    • Has a support group for seniors.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Professionals teach consumers how to determine their location and travel safely in the home, school, workplace, or community.
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