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Center for the Visually Impaired


To empower people impacted by vision loss to live with independence and dignity.

CVI blogHistory

In the 1950s in Atlanta, a group of parents faced a mutual challenge: how to help their visually impaired children reach their full potential in life. The children were well-served by an organization called the Foundation for Visually Handicapped Children, but as the children grew, so did their needs. Interested in enhancing opportunities for their children, the devoted parents sought specialized training for their children in orientation and mobility, advanced communication and daily living skills. In 1987, the agency changed its name to the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) in order to reflect more accurately the wide range of services offered to visually impaired and blind individuals throughout Georgia. Since 1962, CVI has grown to become the largest comprehensive, fully accredited, private organization in Georgia, providing a wide range of services in rehabilitation and education for individuals of all ages who are visually impaired or blind.

Q: Who does CVI serve?

A: CVI’s VisAbility Store is a nonprofit retail shop that provides immediate access to over 1,000 products  including low vision aids, assistive technology and other adaptive devices that allow people with vision loss to maintain independent lifestyles.

Q: What is the organization’s proudest accomplishment?

A: CVI is Georgia’s largest comprehensive, fully accredited private facility providing rehabilitation services for the blind and visually impaired.

Q: What is CVI’s greatest need?

A: Nearly two-thirds of the annual budget is reflective of gifts and grants from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations through direct fundraising. CVI’s funding reflects the generosity of individuals and organizations who make a gift as well as the confidence of foundations who award grants. The Center is committed to using donor dollars wisely in order to provide comprehensive services to our clients. All money donated to CVI is used right here in Georgia to provide vision rehabilitation services to individuals of all ages and stages of vision loss. A donation today will provide make a life-long impact on our clients. Introduce a toddler to braille, counsel her family and prepare her for kindergarten. Give teens the wisdom of a mentor, a place where they belong, and the knowledge that their dreams can come true. Empower an adult to find a job, take care of his family and use a computer without sight.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: As CVI enters its next 50 years, service expansion is a top priority; one of the organization’s largest efforts will be to push beyond Metro Atlanta, extending CVI’s resources into Middle Georgia. We also hope to grow our Solution Fund, which provides support for people who can’t afford the simple vision equipment capable of drastically improving their quality of life, and to expand ClearAnswer into a larger enterprise.

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