Blind & Visually Impaired Centers,
Mission: Empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence.
Programs: Established in 1911, the cabvi industries program is a nationally recognized operation and is one of the largest manufacturing suppliers of tape products to the united states armed forces. The industries program, operated through the ability one program under the javits-wagner-o'day act, provides employment to people who are blind or visually impaired. In 2017, cabvi provided 84,170 hours of work to industries program employees with vision loss, employing a total of 57 legally blind individuals. Principal products include: rolled paper and tape products, kitchen gadgets, and the packaging of in-flight dining packets and batteries. In 2016, cabvi added a new line of photoluminescent exit signs and other products increasing job opportunities and capabilities for people who are blind. In 2017, cabvi added door locks to its product offerings.
established in 1911, the cincinnati association for the blind and visually impaired (cabvi) provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people who are blind, visually impaired, or print impaired in the greater cincinnati area. Initially, cabvi employed men who made brooms and mops. In the 1960s, cabvi initiated several rehabilitation services, including low vision, rehabilitation teaching, orientation and mobility, and social services. In the 1980s, computer access and early childhood intervention services were established. Today, cabvi is a comprehensive multi-service vision rehabilitation organization serving and assisting 5,830 persons who are blind or visually impaired in 2017.
in 2011, cabvi began providing contract close-out services at the defense logistics agency (dla) in columbus, ohio. These positions provide professional level employment opportunities for people who are blind. In 2013, cabvi's contract with the dla was expanded and doubled the number of blind employees providing contract close-out work. In 2016, cabvi received contracts to expand its services to wright patterson air force base in dayton, oh and richmond, va. To date, 13 of cabvi's blind contract closeout specialists have been hired by the federal government into contracting positions. In 2017, cabvi provided 24,195 hours of employment for twenty-one blind employees. Cabvi also operates a communications center providing service employment and training opportunities for people who are blind. The center operates cabvi's newest social enterprise endeavor, vie-ability, selling office supplies to businesses, individuals, and other not-for-profits throughout the greater cincinnati area. The center's training program provides skill development to clients from the state of ohio bureau of services for the visually impaired. In 2017, cabvi provided 8,176 hours of employment for eight blind employees.
the cabvi base supply center (bsc) is operated under the authority of the javits-wagner-o'day act(jwod act) and the u. S. Air force. The bsc sells products which are manufactured by more than 100 agencies nationally and provides manufacturing jobs for individuals who are blind or severely disabled. The products sold are included on the federal procurement list and their use by federal employees provides and sustains employment of people who have disabilities as the abilityone program (jwod act) intends. In 2017, 26% of products sold were manufactured by abilityone agencies. In 1998, radio reading services of greater cincinnati (rrs) merged with cabvi to become a service of cabvi. Cabvi provides audio access to local and national print materials via an in-house radio station, by telephone, in person, and over the internet. This program includes: broadcast services (radio reading services), personal readers, talking book machines, and a personalized talking print service which provide information to individuals that are blind, visually impaired or print impaired. 12,968 individuals were served in 2017.