Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
754 Williamson Street
Madison, WI 53703-3546
(608) 255-1166 (Local)
(608) 255-3301 (Fax)
(800) 783-5213 (Toll-Free)
(608) 255-3301 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired is a private, not-for-profit community-based organization. Our mission is to 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. WCBVI is funded through an annual drive, private grants, and bequests.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Clients served on average per year: 8000
Number of staff: 15
Staff description: Low Vision Therapist, Rehabilitation Training Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialist, access to Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist.
Geographic area served: Wisconsin
Publications: Council Courier, Friends, and On Sight.


Denise Jess, CEO/Executive Director, djess@wcblind.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells assistive devices on its website and in the Sharper Vision Store. Provides free white canes to people in Wisconsin with vision loss who qualify.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer and assistive technology training through the vision services staff.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Rehabilitation specialist meets with consumers in their homes to offer strategies, techniques, environmental modifications, and referral for other services.
  • Financial Assistance
    • Awards scholarships to Wisconsin students who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and makes referrals as requested. Provides legislative advocacy. Maintains a statewide speakers' bureau
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluations and follow-up.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Assists older adults with vision impairment in adapting to vision impairment and maintaining independence and safety through a range of rehabilitation services.
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