Welcome to the home of the Wisconsin Association of Blind Students.

Our Mission:

The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misconceptions and lack of information which exist. We do this by bringing blind people together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure, and to create imaginative solutions.

WABS Philosophy and Goals

Here is just a sample of our philosophy and goals…

  • Break down stereotypes to show that individuals who are blind or visually impaired makeup a normal cross-section of society (see Blindness–Handicap or Characteristic)
  • Demonstrate that blindness can be reduced to a mere nuisance
  • Encourage blind individuals to realize their full potential
  • Provide a network for students with a visual impairment to share ideas, concerns, and friendships
  • Create more accessible learning environments for individuals who have a visual impairment;
  • Promote alternative reading techniques such as Braille, electronic text, and readers
  • Promote independent mobility travel (e.g. the use of a white cane or dog guide)
  • Serve as a source of information to the public regarding all aspects of blindness

Our philosophy comes from the long work and teaching of the National Federation of the Blind and our work is done as an integral part of the larger organization which mentors us and provides invaluable resources.

When people have positive attitudes about blindness and understand that alternative techniques (e.g. Braille, dog guides, and cane travel) are not inferior, the blind are evaluated on a more equal basis and more opportunities are created. These opportunities allow people who are blind to demonstrate their skills and be productive members of the community.

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