October 04, 2011
CABVI serves vision impaired
By offering blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to seek independence, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired fulfills its mission of serving people of all ages with vision loss in the Greater Cincinnati community. CABVI’s current programs include Vision Rehabilitation Services, Orientation and Mobility Services, Low Vision Services, and Early Childhood and Youth Services. Additionally, they provide employment opportunities in a light industrial setting for people who are legally blind or visually impaired as well as call center training for individuals who would like to pursue a career in that industry.
CABVI was founded in 1911 "to establish a factory for employment of the blind" and has remained committed to serving the needs of members of our community who are blind or visually impaired over 100 years – in fact, CABVI was recently honored with the Chamber’s Centenniel Award at The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Annual Luncheon.
CABVI is currently in the process of implementing a business development strategy for its Industries Program, working with potential commercial partners to introduce new products that would provide on-going employment for people who are blind or visually impaired.
The association cited the abundant opportunities to raise public awareness of their services as a result of winning the 2011 Small Business Excellence Awards. Patsy Baughn, Development Specialist at CABVI, says, “this award has been a source of pride for staff and Board members who contributed to the agency’s accomplishments leading to the award.”
CABVI’s Executive Director, John Mitchell, is a member of Chamber Roundtable #8 and a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class 33. Baughn says, “Chamber membership is extremely valuable to CABVI since it offers opportunities for agency leaders to network and share helpful information. Membership also creates new business opportunities as well as collaborations to better serve our community.”