The Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides programs meeting the emotional, social, cultural, educational and training needs of people who are blind or visually impaired living in central Illinois.
We envision a future where people who are blind or visually impaired have equal opportunities to engage independently in our central Illinois community.
The CICVB is a hallmark of Peoria since 1955. Peoria is home to the original white cane, invented here in 1930 when the city established the first ordinance granting right-of-way to pedestrians who are blind or visually impaired while carrying a white cane.
While 82 percent of those who are blind are 50 or older and likely coping with age-related blindness, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, blindness affects all ages and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender or socio-economic status. We are the only not-for-profit organization in central Illinois focused on serving the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired.
Since 1955, we have maintained a building for programs and services to bring people who are blind or visually impaired together with their peers and community. There we provide access to resources and support for patrons and their families. We expose them to assistive technologies to help manage vision loss and products that facilitate independent living. We work to maximize our patrons’ opportunities for success by providing training in essential independent living skills like navigation and building social skills through inclusion in our community.
Every program, service and intervention we offer promotes independence, communication, socialization and an opportunity for our patrons to feel valued as human beings. Participation in our community gives them a sense of belonging and visibility in the community in which they live.
How to Help
The Center does not rely upon government support but depends entirely upon private donations, grants and sponsorships from generous individuals and businesses in our community. We also rely heavily on volunteers to help us fulfill our mission.
We are continuously in need of new volunteers to contribute in a variety of ways—from serving meals, to driving, reception, clerical support, fundraising, teaching, maintenance and many other efforts. Please call (309) 637-3693 to help.
Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
2905 W. Garden St.
Peoria, IL 61605