Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

General Information

Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
754 Williamson Street
Madison Wisconsin 1 53703-3546
(608) 255 1166

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.


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

Services Offered

  • 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 Devices
    • Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.

  • 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.