OUR MISSION

Our mission is to empower individuals with blindness and visual impairment to lead safe, dignified, independent and rewarding lives and to prevent vision loss for adults in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties as well as children in Charleston County Title I schools.

Own Your Life provides our clients with quality services that help them create, foster and sustain opportunities to achieve their goals for employment and independence.

Oh Happy Day! Gettin’ My New Eyes

When I had to retire my third guide dog, Abby, early for medical reasons, I was full of conflicting emotions. However, I made all of the necessary decisions: where she would live (with me), who would become her primary caregiver (my mom) and how I would meet her needs...
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Sebastian DeModica, a client and participant in the Employee Development track of our Own Your Life program, was recently named the Reverend Alma Dungee Volunteer for the Year by Keep Charleston Beautiful

Sebastian DeModica, a client and participant in the Employee Development track of our Own Your Life program, was recently named the Reverend Alma Dungee Volunteer for the Year by Keep Charleston Beautiful. We are so proud of Sebastian’s hard work to help keep the...
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Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired names Plotner new director

On the 80th anniversary of the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Charleston (ABVI), the Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Courtney Parades Plotner as Executive Director. The appointment comes with the Board’s confidence that...
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The Puzzling Rise in Nearsighted Children

angjiang, China Children in this small southern Chinese city sit and recite their vocabulary words in an experimental cube of a classroom built with translucent walls and ceilings. Sunlight lights up the room from all directions. The goal of this unusual learning...
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Prescriptions and Pride: VisionSpring’s Journey to One Million

The woman I met in Choco, Colombia, arrived by canoe. She had made the trip down the river to the village where I was working as a young optometry student with a team of visiting eye doctors from Boston. She had travelled an entire day to get her eyes examined. Most...
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Netflix Begins Audio Description for Visually Impaired

At Netflix, we work hard to continually improve the experience for our members when viewing movies and shows on our service, including providing accessibility across devices. Now we’re expanding our accessibility options by adding audio description on select titles,...
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A Spice for the Eyes

Turmeric, also known as “the golden spice,” has been around for more than 4,000 years. In India, where Radha Ayyagari, Ph.D., grew up, it’s used widely as both a food spice and an herbal medicine for treating a variety of diseases, including cancer, arthritis,...
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Seeing, Differently

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Roper St. Francis Physicians Endowment Grant Supports Our Adult Vision Clinics

Roper St. Francis Physicians Endowment Grant Supports Our Adult Vision Clinics serving Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties.  The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Charleston is pleased to announce that it has received a $20,000 grant from the...
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An End to Blindness?

An End to Blindness? New technologies could save the eyesight of millions by Peter Jaret, AARP Bulletin, March 2015 If you had seen Lisa Kulik and her husband strolling the grounds of the University of Southern California's Eye Institute last summer, you would have...
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