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General Information

Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
(608) 758-6100 (Local)
(608) 758-6161 (Fax)
(800) 832-9784 (Toll-Free)
(608) 758-6127 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an integral part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Clients served on average per year: 70
Number of staff: 150
Staff description: Administration, certified teachers, teaching assistants, dormitory staff, materials production staff, nursing staff, business office, facilities and food service.
Geographic area served: Wisconsin
Publications: Eye Spy-monthly newsletter to parents, the Viewer, topical related occasional publication for parents/professionals


Pete Dally, Director,
Kim Heimerl, Principal,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluations; psychological testing and evaluation; individual, group, family/parent, couple counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, braille, handwriting, listening skills, use of the Optacon typing, use of video magnifier and electronic mobility aids, orientation and mobility, sensory training, remedial education, transition training and vocational guidance.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, and job training and placement
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers adult continuing education, after-school programs, arts and crafts, hobby groups, swimming, track, wrestling, cross country skiing. Contracts for bowling.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides evaluations, consultations, and material supports to students with visual disabilities on a statewide basis, regardless of their educational placement. Provides outreach assessment and evaluation on site or throughout Wisconsin as determined by child's need at no cost. Operates a residential school for students who are blind or visually impaired. Offers comprehensive summer programing for youth and adults.
  • Education Services
    • Provides instruction in developmental areas. Offers home-based programs and consultant services to other programs for visually impaired children, with or without other disabilities, 0-5 years, Grades K through 12 and programs for adult continuing education, college preparatory, and general academic studies; and vocational/skill development.

      The Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center provides educational materials in the following formats for all visually impaired students throughout the state: Books, audiobooks, braille, electronic text files, and large print.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Day student enrollment only.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers in-service training for teachers, parent education, preschool and early childhood conferences. Provides consultation to other agencies for other counseling/social work services, especially local school districts.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in industrial arts, orientation/mobility, special education and regular in-service training programs, open to enrollment from other agencies.
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