The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), a non-profit organization founded in 1926, is the only private agency to offer training, services, and support to visually impaired Vermonters. Each year we serve hundreds of children from birth to age 22 and adults age 55 and over.
Our mission is to enable Vermonters with vision problems, whether blindness or impairment, to achieve and maintain independence.
The need for our services is increasing!
- The number of clients we serve has increased by 65% in the last 12 years.
- In fiscal year 2017, we served over 1,500 total clients.
- There are an estimated 13,000 Vermonters who are currently blind or visually impaired.
- As the “Baby Boomer” generation ages this number is expected to increase to at least 25,000 by 2030.
- We estimate that by 2020 we will be serving a minimum of 1,550 adult clients.
- People are living longer and longer so we anticipate that the increase in demand for our services will continue well into the future.
- As a result, our neighbors, family and friends are among those who may be coping with vision loss.
- Our children’s services programming has seen a 5.5% increase in clients from the 2016 school year to the 2017 school year.