VABVI Launches Second Century Campaign to Sustain SMART Device Training
The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has much to celebrate as we approach our 100th anniversary in 2026. VABVI is a crucial organization for people in Vermont facing life-altering vision losses, serving 1600 - 2000 clients annually from birth to senior years. Our enduring statewide presence provides reassuring support in circumstances that for many may be uncertain and even frightening. The number of people in need of VABVI’s services continues to grow as Vermont’s population ages with the number experiencing visual impairment expected to double in the next decade.
By 2030, almost 30% of Vermont’s population will be over 65. At an age when vision often declines, these elders will need and should expect access to the evolving technological tools that can help them continue to live life fully and independently. Our SMART (Speech/Magnification/Access/Reading/ Telecommunications) program assists our clients with using technologies to stay connected and thriving. SMART has been highly effective and is partially funded by the State of Vermont, because of its importance in our community. VABVI has launched its "Second Century Campaign" to raise $2 million to ensure long-term, sustainable funding for our SMART program. Our goal is to raise or secure pledges for a total of $2 million by summer 2024. We are confident that the powerful generosity and shared commitment of our friends will make this dream a reality. We hope you will join us on this vital journey.