Our Mission: To assist people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their highest levels of independence.


Established in 1929, Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, generally free of charge. Our staff of professionals offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment, and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

Our comprehensive vision rehabilitation programs provide for more than 1,500 people who are blind or visually impaired in an eight county area of upstate New York (Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Lewis, Montgomery, Jefferson and northern Otsego Counties). We offer low vision examinations vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, instruction in the use of assistive technology applications, employment training, adaptive recreation and sports and social work.

A unique aspect of our employment training is Central Industries, a component of CABVI’s employment program that helps to support agency services. We employ 220 people, 100 of whom are blind or visually impaired continually provide public education about blindness and protecting your vision.

Our services for people who are blind or visually impaired include:

Stories from CABVI’s new community awareness campaign