Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Address: 2045 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: 513-221-8558
Toll Free: 1-888-687-3935

Mission & Purpose

Offering blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to seek independence. The Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired assists more than 5,000 persons annually providing rehabilitation, counseling, employment, and information services to help people who are blind, visually impaired or print impaired to live more independently.


Low Vision Service: Clinical evaluation by low vision optometrists and individualized instruction by certified low vision therapists in the use of low vision aids/magnifiers and techniques for using remaining vision more effectively. 45 years of experience in this specialty area; services provided at Gilbert Avenue site, and at several satellite locations. Low vision aids are loaned for trial use before purchase; service covered by Medicare and Independent living program grant can cover services and equipment for those over 55 as eligible.

Early Childhood and Youth Services: Support, information, and intervention services for families and their young children, age birth to 5; consultation and collaboration with teachers and other service providers for all children; also includes music services and orientation and mobility services for school aged children, as well as computer access service and low vision services, including functional vision assessments.

Access Technology Service: One-on-one instruction in the use of computers and large print, speech or Braille access technology for job, school, or home use; demonstration, consultation and technical services provided note-taker, GPS and cellular/hand-held technology.

Orientation and Mobility Service: Instruction in safe, independent travel, including use of the long cane and sighted guide techniques by certified orientation and mobility specialists. Independent living program grant can cover services and equipment for those over the age of 55.

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy: Instruction in adaptive techniques for communication skills (large print, Braille, telephone), home management skills (cooking, cleaning, adapted equipment) and personal management skills (clothing identification, diabetic needs, grooming) by certified vision rehabilitation therapists. Independent living program grant can cover services and equipment for those over the age of 55.

Social Services: Information and referral to other community resources, individual and family counseling, therapeutic support groups for adjustment to vision loss; assessment of need for services; information and referral services.

Talking Book Machine Services: Playback machines from the Library of Congress National Library Service to allow for audio reading of recorded books and magazines; services provided for those in Hamilton and Clermont counties; information on providers for other counties is available.

Radio Reading Services: Special radio receivers are provided to individuals to allow access to printed word through radio broadcast service of local and national newspapers, magazines, and special programming.

Personalized Talking Print: A specialized telephone information retrieval system that includes information such as news stories, magazine articles, store ads and other useful information.

Volunteer Program: Assistance with shopping or other outings, transportation to medical appointments, reading print materials, personal visiting.

Industries Program: Employment opportunities for those who are legally blind; industrial and other service contracts.


Person should be having difficulties due to an identified vision problem and an up-to-date eye report from an eye doctor is required for most services. CABVI provides services to people of all ages.

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