Center for the Visually Impaired (Atlanta, GA)


  • Name:Ms. Laurie Stephens
  • Title:VP for Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for the Visually Impaired
  • Address:739 W. Peachtree St, NW
    Atlanta, GA 30308
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:404-875-9011

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Center for the Visually Impaired is to empower people impacted by vision loss to live with independence and dignity

  • Overview:
  • CVI is Georgia’s largest comprehensive, fully accredited, private organization serving individuals of all ages and all degrees of vision loss. Each year, CVI assists more than 5,000 people as they acquire skills and information needed to succeed at home, school and work, be active members of their communities, and live with confidence and independence. CVI offers clients and their caregivers individualized services and supports through the following key program areas:

    • The BEGIN early childhood program provides essential services to enhance development and potential for newborn and preschool-aged children who are visually impaired or blind and their families. Through year-round programming, BEGIN provides vision rehabilitation for children, educational support, and helps parents learn about their children's visual conditions and become advocates to seek the best opportunities for them. Our goal is that whenever possible chidren who finish our pre-k program move onto kindergarten in a regular school setting

    • STARS (Social, Therapeutic, Academic and Recreational Services) provides students ages six to 21 with after school, weekend and summer activities to challenge the isolation and inactivity that many blind or visually impaired youth experience, helping them adjust to vision loss and prepare for college or vocational success. Our program is based on the Expanded Core Curriculum create by teachers of the blind and includes tutoring, literacy through braille, classes in technology, nutrition and fitness,mentoring and coaching in career planning and secondary education. Our goal is that STARS students graduate from high school and go to college or have a career path plan in place.

    • At the Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic, clients ages five and older receive vision assessments, counseling, and training in the use of prescribed optical and non-optical devices as they pursue their education, employment and personal goals.

    • The New View Adult Rehabilitation Services Program offers classes at the Center and in the community to help clients achieve greater independence at home and at work. Classes include independent living, safe travel, braille, computer technology, job readiness training and job placement. Our goal is to ensure that those with a vocational aspiration develop the skills needed to adapt to the work environment after vision loss and find and keep employment.

    • Client Services is the intake point for new clients and provides support, guidance and adjustment to vision loss through counseling, support groups, and educational opportunities focused on diabetes, macular degeneration and other vision issues.

    • VisAbility is a nonprofit retail shop that specializes in low vision aids, assistive technology and other adaptive devices that allow people with vision loss to maintain independent lifestyles. Through the Solution Fund, devices and aids are provided for clients who are not able to purchase them because of financial hardship.

    • ClearAnswer is a contact center that will provide a new source of revenue for CVI and employment for people with vision loss. Since launching in 2011, ClearAnswer has conducted three customer service training courses, employed five interns, and hired four individuals, all of whom are visually impaired.

  • History:
  • Fifty years ago, the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) began when a group of concerned parents faced a mutual challenge: how to help their visually impaired children reach their full potential in life. Today, CVI is Georgia’s largest comprehensive, fully accredited, private organization serving individuals of all ages and all degrees of vision loss. In the past 50 years, CVI has added services and revised programs to keep up with advances in technology. Our core mission has not wavered- to empower those facing vision loss with the skills and training needed to succeed in school and work.

  • Year established:1962
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:32
  • Advisory board size:15
  • Staff size:52

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • ROSTER as of 07/01/12
    July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013


    Ms. Susan Hoy, Chair

    Mr. Michael C. Brown, Vice Chair, Strategic Planning

    Mr. R. Brand Morgan, Vice Chair, Board Development

    Roderick Parker, L.M.T., N.M.T., Vice Chair, Program Services

    Bryan E. Seas, CPA, Treasurer

    Mr. Matthew F. J. Hopkins, Assistant Treasurer

    Mr. George E. Matlock, Secretary

    Mrs. Mary Ann Cook, CVI Foundation Chair

    Mr. Bryan Alli

    Mr. Montague L. (Cosmo) Boyd IV

    Richard A. Kruse III, Esq.
    Ms. Dawn B. McGreevey

    M. Andrew Kauss, Esq.

    Mr. John P. Vinson

    Mr. Andy Shulman


    John P. Bailey, Esq.

    Ms. Joan H. Buchanan

    Mr. Mason Lee Cardwell
    Ms. Beverley Foster

    Mrs. Julie Schoen Hower

    Mrs. Lolita Browning Jackson

    Mr. Ashley D. Koby

    Mr. Grant P. Lawson

    Rosamarie McHugh

    Teri Lynn McMahon, Esq.

    Timothy W. Olsen, M.D. -Mr. Larry E. Patrick -
    Mrs. Chanel Johnson Phillips

    Michael Roach, M.D.

    Ms. Amy Slack

    Mr. John W. (Smitty) Smith

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Susan B. Green,

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Bill Woolf, Senior Vice President

    Anisio Correia, VP for Programs

    Laurie Stephens, VP for Development

    Jim Carruthers, VP for Business Developement


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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