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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.

The Rotary Club of Charleston Supports Transportation Needs for the Blind & Visually Impaired

The Rotary Club of Charleston Fund (RCCF) recently awarded a $1,500 grant to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston. The grant was given to provide Tel-A-Ride tickets to ABVI’s Own Your Life clients. Own Your Life is a program that helps...

Carolina One Supports ABVI’s Own Your Life Program

Carolina One Real Estate Services honored local nonprofits in April 2018 at the company’s first awards ceremony of the year. The Core Charitable Contributions Committee, comprising a committee of Carolina One sales associates and co-chaired by Tom Tillery and Paige...

Dogs for a Cause on the Midday News

On Monday April 30, ABVI staff members Brooks Harken and Kimberly Taylor had the opportunity to visit with Octavia Mitchell during the Midday News on Channel 2. Check out this clip below to learn more about ABVI and Kimberly's history as a softball player....

Daily Living Tips – Laundry!

In March, we introduced a new series on Facebook! We are now sharing some helpful daily living tips for our blind and visually impaired clients and Facebook friends each week. We hope this will also give our sighted followers a look at how our clients navigate daily...

Dear Guide Dog Abby: How do you help your owner cross the street?

How do you help your owner cross the street? - Interested in North Charleston This is a common question my handler and I are asked! In fact, many people think guide dogs know the difference between red and green traffic lights. However, like all other dogs, guide dogs...

Meet Kingston: A Child Served by our Focus on Children Vision Clinic

Through our Focus on Children program, our Association provides free vision screenings at 22 Charleston County schools, 21 of which are Title I. This video highlights a very bright student, Kingston, who received free glasses through our program during the fall of...

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...

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...

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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