CABVI offering range of vision services in wake of NNY agency permanently closing its doors

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WATERTOWN — After offering professional services in the area for decades, the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Northern New York has cracked under years of pressure associated with not being able to find credentialed staff, other hurdles, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in Utica, has stepped in to make sure those with vision loss remain well cared for.

The transition took place in the spring. Priorities have been maintaining care for those in the north country and increasing awareness about other resources available through CABVI. The organization now has offices in the Northern New York Community Foundation building, 131 Washington St., where its staff will have regular hours beginning in 2022.

“We had a wonderful relationship with each other and they put their consumers first,” said CABVI Vice President of Rehabilitation Kathy E. Beaver. “They wanted to make sure that the services were available to those that they had previously served, so we entered into a memorandum of understanding where all of their consumers became ours. We reached out to those individuals, sent them letters and talked to them by phone, many of whom we are now actively serving.”

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