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The Faces Behind PPE: Utica Workers Prepare Packages for State

September 6, 2020

Dennis Webster is one of the people overseeing Central Industries’ operations, and it’s something he has a passion for. His grandfather was blind, and received help from the organization leading the business. “My father always says, ‘Your grandfather would be so proud,’ ” said Webster, the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Public & Government Affairs. […]

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Protecting Children’s Vision While Learning Virtually

August 28, 2020

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s becoming a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices and learning virtually. Dr. Allen Zuck, a low vision specialist for the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or CABVI, says increased screen time due to remote learning can […]

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A preview of the video with Dylan on the left, Tim in the middle, and Kevin on the right. The background image is a picture of the USA Blind Hockey team. The text says Turnbull TV #42, USA Blind Hockey.

Turnbull TV #42 – USA Blind Hockey Team

August 19, 2020

We are super excited about this week’s episode! From three different states, we sit down with two members of the USA Blind Hockey team as well as Dylan Drexler from Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – CABVI (CABVI). Last week would have been the third year for training camp for team USA […]

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A visually impaired glove packager talking to general manager, Ron Baron, on the glove line.

CABVI partners with only domestic manufacturer of protective gloves

July 20, 2020

Made in America is the order of the day as the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI), and SHOWA, today announced an innovative partnership to manufacture and distribute domestically produced nitrile gloves to address the national shortage of personal protective equipment. SHOWA is currently the only U.S. manufacturer of the Nitrile, single-use […]

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A Central Industries employee showing Senator Gillibrand how masks are produced in the agency.

US Senator Gillibrand Tours Central Industries and Vision Health & Wellness Center

July 15, 2020

As part of her manufacturing tour of upstate New York, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chose CABVI as one of her stops on Wednesday, July 15. She is calling on legislation to invest in workforce training and education, as well as American made products, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. She learned about the significant productivity established […]

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Ron Baron, general manager. He is wearing a blue Cabvi polo.

NIB’s Advocates for Leadership and Employment class of 2020

June 10, 2020

NIB recently announced the 2020 class of Advocates for Leadership and Employment. The Advocates program targets high-potential employees who are blind working at NIB associated nonprofit agencies who are interested in learning about the public policy process and communicating with elected officials about our shared mission and outstanding work. The current Advocates – nearly 60 individuals – […]

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Adirondack Life Magazine Winter Camp Abilities Article.

Winter Camp Abilities is Recognized in Adirondack Life Magazine

December 28, 2017

For the past two years, Elizabeth Folwell, the creative director for Adirondack Life Magazine, worked on a story about our winter Camp Abilities program. Her detail and awareness about what camp is resonates throughout the article. Elizabeth truly captured what Camp Abilities is and what it means to everyone involved! We are extremelygrateful for the […]

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One student assists his classmate with throwing a ball while blindfolded, left, and Kathy Beaver, VP of Rehabilitation, teaches a student about movements on the right.

Utica College’s Physical Therapy Students Visit CABVI

August 31, 2017

Earlier this week, Utica College’s physical therapy students visited our organization to learn about the lifestyles of the blind and visually impaired. Over 30 students participated in activities such as cooking at home, writing a check, placing medications into segmented slots, and more. Students had the opportunity to wear a blindfold at certain activities and […]

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