Advancing the lives
of the visually impaired

VIA: Visually Impaired Advancement is a nonprofit rehabilitation and social services agency committed to people who are experiencing vision loss. Our mission is to assist people who are visually impaired to achieve their highest level of independence.

We provide tools, education, rehabilitation, job training, job placement, and support for people of all ages.


VIA, Pathways for the visually impaired. Wall-mounted logo and tagline in gold.

About us

From the first formal meeting of the Buffalo Association of the Blind in 1907 to the Olmsted Center for Sight and now VIA, we have a rich history of guiding people through vision loss and providing skills to restore independence and confidence.

Dr. Simmons visiting with a patient.

About Visual Impairment

There is no denying a diagnosis with visual loss can present challenges. However, it does not change who you are, what you believe, or accomplish. The first step towards an independent future is overcoming fear and uncertainty. 

Florence working with a Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

Services + Support

VIA is a comprehensive resource for people who are experiencing vision loss or legally blind, to help them adapt to new ways of independence. Our team of vision professionals will customize services to help you manage vision loss, at any age.