Blind or Visually Impaired Information and Services

 COVID-19 impact on the Office of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Learn how the Office of the Blind and Visually Impaired is impacted by COVID-19.

 

Cancellation of 2020 "Adventures in Vision Loss"

After careful consideration, the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI) is cancelling the "Adventures in Vision Loss: Learning to Do Things Differently" training that was to take place September 13–17, 2020. This decision is meant to protect the health and safety of both our consumers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Adventures in Vision Loss" is a multi-day overnight experience, and involves mostly hands-on training. We do not think the program would be a safe for staff or participants during this time.

We are definitely planning—and looking forward to—the training program in 2021! 

OBVI rehabilitation specialists will continue to provide support to our consumers individually. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact OBVI via email or call our toll free phone number at 1-888-879-0017.

 

OBVI WI

Rehabilitation services are provided by the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI) to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their own goals of independent living. OBVI staff visit individuals in their homes, conduct group trainings, and teach techniques and technologies for use in daily living (home management, personal care, Orientation & Mobility, and communications). These specialized skills allow individuals to adapt and adjust to vision loss, enabling them to live as independently as possible.


Adaptive Equipment
Designed for individuals to compensate for visual loss.

Adjustment to Vision Loss: Information, Skills, and Resources
Information and training techniques to accomplish all the activities of daily living.

Blindness Rehabilitation Education
Resources for those interested in pursuing career working with the blind or visually impaired.

Services for Adults with Vision Loss Brochure, P-23142 (PDF)
OBVI's brochure explaining services we provide and how to contact us.

Council on Blindness
The Statutory Council on Blindness meets on a quarterly basis to advise and make recommendations to state agencies regarding issues that affect people who are blind and visually impaired in Wisconsin.

Eye Diseases
A list of common diseases that can lead to visual loss.

Other Resources and Information
A selected list of local and national resources.

Rehabilitation Teaching Services
Travel skills, personal management, communication, food preparation, home maintenance as well as other activities of daily living provided by trained staff.

Staff Contacts
Find out who to contact for information and assistance in your area.

Wisconsin Statutes and Other Employment Laws and Resources
Legal information on local, state, and federal levels.

Last Revised: August 28, 2020