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Blind or Visually Impaired Information and Services

Important OBVI vendor update:

The State of Wisconsin's Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI) intends to create a list of qualified vendors that offer products and/or services for people who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind.

Interested vendors MUST complete a application that describes their qualifications. The application can be found at Applications submissions must be received by no later than 10 p.m. on January 15, 2023.

Vendors will be selected based on qualifications and needs of consumers. Multiple vendors may be selected for potential use over the following 12 months, no guarantees are made at this time to any vendor.

Please note: For current OBVI vendors, if you do not submit a completed application we regret to inform you that OBVI cannot continue to do business with your agency.

Feel free to contact Karen Potnek at or 608-266-5364 if you have any questions.



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.

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 April 13, 2023