CABVI is one of the most comprehensive agencies in the Nation for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, and their mission is to assist people who are blind or visually impaired achieve their highest level of independence. Each day, their goal is to transform the lives of the blind or visually impaired.
They offer a wide variety of services, including:
- Low Vision Care
- Vision Rehabilitation Treatment
- Orientation and Mobility
- Occupational Therapy
- Pre-School Vision Screenings
- Educational Services
- Support Services
- Technology Training
- Adaptive Sports and Recreation Programs
They strive to employ those who are blind or visually impaired as well. With nearly 300 employees agency-wide, almost half of them are blind or visually impaired. CABVI’s footprint spans from Syracuse to Utica, and from Utica to Albany. Their Base Supply Centers, which are office supply stores stationed on military installations, are located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
CABVI’s business model mirrors a Social Enterprise. A Social Enterprise is an organization that addresses an unmet need or solves a social or environmental problem, through market-driven approaches. CABVI applies commercial strategies to maximize our ability to perform our mission, and as a Social Enterprise, they have societal and business goals.
The business purpose is to promote, encourage, and make social change, in a financially sustainable way. At CABVI, income generated by Central Industries provides employment opportunities for people who are blind while helping to support vision rehabilitation services. This business model allows them to continually invest in its mission.
Philanthropy is another aspect that is important to CABVI’s success. A donor’s support of CABVI is an investment in their shared values. They do more than provide a product or service – they do good in their communities. CABVI has a special connection to the supporter who feels a special connection to their work. Together we can make an impact on the lives of people with vision loss.