The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired South Carolina (ABVI) is pleased to announce the opening of a second location in Ladson increasing access to critical vision rehabilitation services. For the first time in the organization’s 83-year history, ABVI now has two, fully functional vision rehabilitation centers serving adults in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties who are blind or visually impaired. The Ladson facility opened to clients in early March.

The new 4,300-square-foot building is located at 9565 Highway 78, Building 800, Ladson, SC 29456 in Yale Plaza.

This location is ideal for our Association because Yale Plaza is home to more than 17 vision care professionals, including low vision doctors, who regularly refer patients to ABVI. In addition, since Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties all meet in Ladson, public transportation options from all 3 counties provide routes that serve Yale Plaza.

Our Charleston facility will continue providing a full range of vision rehabilitation services at 1 Carriage Lane, Building A, Charleston, SC 29407.

Adults with blindness and visual impairments can enroll in ABVI’s Own Your Life program at both locations to learn new approaches to daily life. Our Own Your Life program offers two tracks. Personal Independence is for clients who want help learning to live independently and safely with vision loss. Vocational Rehabilitation is for clients who are ready to learn the adaptive skills needed to enter or re-enter the workforce.

As the only nonprofit in the area providing dedicated vision rehabilitation services to blind and visually impaired adults in the Tri-County, the expansion is timely. Recent studies suggest that the number of people living with a visual impairment is expected to double over the next 10 years.

“Since the inception of our Own Your Life program in 2015, ABVI has reached approximately 400 blind and visually impaired adults through classes, therapy sessions, social opportunities and trainings,” said Courtney Plotner, President & CEO of ABVI. “However, there are over 15,000 adults living in the Tri-County with a visual impairment, and we knew we had to do more to serve this growing segment of our population. We are grateful to our Board, donors and grantors who helped make this new location a reality.”

To learn more about ABVI’s services in Ladson and Charleston, visit https://www.abvisc.org/services/.