Cincinnati Association for the
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CABVI’s Response to COVID-19

May 19


CABVI logo

Our mission at CABVI is empowering individuals who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence. Last year, we served more than 6,000 individuals in the Greater Cincinnati community. Along with many others, our organization has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis and we’ve had to adjust our operations. Here’s a glimpse at how we are continuing to serve our clients and make an impact in our community:

Vision Services
Since we are no longer able to serve clients face-to-face, our Vision Services staff have been providing services and support remotely to our clients.

We’ve also been fulfilling orders of low vision aids and sending them out daily.

Our Early Childhood & Youth Services team has put together a virtual shared music experience for clients, called the “tiny CHOICE concerts,” in place of our yearly music recital. This gives clients a chance to come together and share music together.

Lydia and Julie playing the piano

Lydia and her mother Julie’s submission for the tiny CHOICE concert.


Information & Volunteer Services
Our Radio Reading Service broadcast operations has moved to home-based recordings through remote access by our volunteer readers and broadcast team.

Volunteer reading a newspaper with the phone in her hand

Lynn reading the Tuesday evening TV listings as a Personalized Talking Print (voicemail information system) volunteer.


Social Enterprises
CABVI’s Hornbeck Social Enterprise Center, on Kenner Street, has been designated an Essential Supplier of products to both the State of Ohio and the Federal Government.

Industries Program
CABVI’s Industries Program continues production of both exam paper for the Veterans Administration as well as paper provided to State of Ohio Unemployment office in Columbus that is used to print unemployment claims on.

Also, in partnership with LumAware, CABVI is currently making ClearGuard shields to help create safe work place conditions as people return back to work. We are able to make 100 ClearShields a day and we notice the demand is increasing with lots of inquiries from retail, restaurants and now schools.
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VIE Ability
VIE Ability continues to provide crucial jobs for people who have vision loss as well as much-needed COVID-19 supplies to our local community during this challenging time. With 40,000+ items available, VIE Ability customers are pleased with competitive prices, next day free delivery, and no minimums. In addition to much-needed cleaning supplies, Protective Face Shields are now available while supplies last.
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CABVI is deeply grateful for generous ongoing community support that makes it possible for the agency to continue serving people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati area who are blind or visually impaired. We hope that you will consider making a donation to CABVI to support the vital work we are doing to help people with severe vision loss get through this extraordinary time. Thank you in advance for your support!

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