• SAAVI Staff and Students Hiking Group

    A large group of SAAVI Students and Staff equipped with their canes and walking sticks, posing for a picture before they undertake a great hike outside.
  • SAAVI Students on the move

    Two photos, one showing a group of students under learning shades walking alongside a river, with a bridge in the background. The other photo shows a student under learning shade getting ready to fly down a zipline.
  • SAAVI Students Doing Great

    Two photos, one showing four students posing in front of the Community Food Bank truck after an event. The other photo shows a group of students under learning shades getting ready to light their grills and cook that nights dinner.

SAAVI Services for the Blind specializes in non-visual training for Adults, young adults, teens and children across Arizona who are blind or have low vision. It is our motto and belief to expect more of our students. High expectations mean high achievements for program participants. We expect more of our students, and in turn they set high expectations for themselves.  Thus, achieving more and becoming more.

Expect More! Achieve More! Become More!

 

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It’s not what you can see, it’s what you can do!

 

At SAAVI services for the Blind, we are remaining strong and standing together ensuring that our blind community is safe, healthy and well. We have organized outreach to contact individuals within the blind community in an effort to administer to their needs.

If you or someone you know is in need of valuable attentiveness, or if you would like to be an active participant in this endeavor, do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can email rtorres@saavi.us or call 520 829-7376. This is a statewide effort. Please help us make a difference.
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A Message from our CEO:

Covid-19 Update:

As the Covid-19 odyssey rolls along into another month we find many of the sheltering in place restrictions have relaxed and more businesses are slowly reopening.  As such, SAAVI Services for the Blind is restructuring our services as our plans to reopen take shape.  We continue to offer remote virtual services as we also develop a schedule for limited center-based activities.  We are formulating our plans to safely ensure on-site programming.  We are following the sanitation and symptom screening guidelines provided by the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services.  These guidelines will be applicable to all staff, students, transportation services, and buildings.   We initially offered on-site Transition Program assessments in Phoenix and Tucson and we will be holding weekly camper events at both sites on Friday’s throughout June and July.  Many of our services will be offered to additional students by appointment soon also.  Governmental guidelines and procedures are still shifting and we are still adjusting accordingly.  We are so fortunate to have many creative and diligent staff helping us stay abreast with all the changes.

 

Statement on Civil Rights and Diversity:

As a young boy I recall the protests, violence, and assassinations of the 1960’s and remember trying to make sense of it all.  As a man I still try to consider the causes of such actions.  One thing I know is that everyone that works for SAAVI does so because they feel called to help others.  In many ways today’s protests are the result of frustration, hopelessness, and fear. People working for SAAVI realize that the widespread misconceptions of blindness are harmful and potentially debilitating when left unattended.  Therefore, we always address the destructiveness and ignorance of low expectations and our ensuing approach to services is about empowerment, not just through the acquisition of skills but also through the philosophical and historical foundation of success.   The history of discrimination against the blind is one reason we strongly embrace Civil Rights issues and why SAAVI Services for the Blind will unequivocally stand against bigotry and prejudice in any form.  As an agency that wholly supports diversity and inclusion, we detest the violence and hatred that is currently ravaging our nation.  We rebuke the injustices that continue today and have been perpetuated against minorities for decades.  We stand in unison with others who seek change.  For those called to compassion, SAAVI will always expect to support the demoralized and oppressed.  We will help others achieve the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.  We will celebrate their lives as they become all they can become.

 

Sincerely:

Michael Gordon

CEO

SAAVI Services for the Blind


 

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