OUR MISSION

Our mission is to empower individuals with blindness and visually impaired to lead safe, dignified, independent and rewarding lives, and to prevent vision loss in adults in the Tri-County area and children in Charleston County Title 1 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.

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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Walmart Foundation Grant Supports Adult Vision Clinics

Charleston, SC 10/15/14 – Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Charleston is pleased to announce that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program for its ReFocus on Adults Program. Each month the program...
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Vision Problems Mistaken for ADHD

Discover Vision Therapy Blog by Greg Mischio July 16, 2014 Online Loans In Ga With No Credit Check With schools starting back today in the tricounty area today we thought we’d share this with you.  Did you know that vision problems are often mistaken for...
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