Welcome to VIA: visually impaired advancement

VIA is a nonprofit rehabilitation and social services agency committed to people who are experiencing vision loss. Our mission is to assist people who are vision impaired and blind to achieve their highest level of independence. We provide tools, education, rehabilitation, adaptive job training & placement and support to all ages and families.

Our goal is to help you overcome challenges to live an independent & fulfilling life; personally and professionally.

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

About us

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From Buffalo Association of the Blind in 1907 to the Olmsted Center for Sight and now VIA, this organization has a rich history of helping the visually impaired see the future and be seen as productive members of the community. Read more about us!

Young man and blind senior sitting on bench in park in city, using smartphone.

About Visual Impairment

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

A man with visual impairment is using assistive technology while working on a computer

Services + Support

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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.