About WCBVI

WCBVI Mission Statement

The Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, as an integral part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, works in partnership with local education agencies and other service providers, to serve as a statewide network of professionals, resources, materials and equipment to promote quality professional practices directed toward ensuring excellence in educational programming and expanded opportunities for students who are blind or visually impaired.

WSBVI Mission Statement

The mission of the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in accord with the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Department of Public Instruction, parents, staff, and students, is to provide opportunities for students with visual impairments, through a multi-dimensional curriculum, to successfully learn skills which will:

  • Lead to the highest level of economic, vocational, and personal success in adulthood commensurate with the individual’s abilities;
  • Develop students’ own natural abilities;
  • Cultivate positive social interactions with peers and community;
  • Enhance self-esteem;
  • Develop personal responsibility and decision-making abilities; and
  • Preserve the individual’s dignity, including dignity of risk, in a positive, supportive environment which acknowledges roles of parents and families in student success.

Our History

WCBVI’s Historic & Current Relevance to Wisconsin’s Educational Landscape

The Wisconsin Center for The Blind and Visually Impaired, located in Janesville Wisconsin, was founded in 1849, and is in fact the first public institution chartered by the state legislature. Today WCBVI still stands as one of Wisconsin’s enduring and vital educational institutions. A proud division of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, WCBVI has throughout the years steadfastly dedicated itself to providing high quality educational opportunities and outcomes for children who are blind or visually impaired who reside in the state of Wisconsin.

Why Our School?

Learn about the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WSBVI) and why our school may be the right choice for your child: