• 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.

Mission, Vision and Values


To create an unduplicated, fearless and acknowledged approach to non-visual skills training in preparation for employment, higher education and everyday living.

To promote determination, accountability, commitment to success and self-reliance for blind individuals in their communities.

To ensure that expectations of our students and ourselves are maintained at a high level – but are never stagnant.


SAAVI believes in a world where blind individuals are determined, bold, and self-reliant – contributing locally, nationally and throughout the world.

Ensuring that success for blind individuals is attained as we all truly believe that it is not what you can seeā€¦it is what you can do.



We are SAAVI and it is our motto and belief to expect more of our students and ourselves. High expectations means 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!



Founded in 1964 and with training centers throughout Arizona, SAAVI is an agency that promotes the following:

SAAVI incorporates non visual skills training for all ages based on high expectations in preparation for higher education, employment and everyday living.


SAAVI utilizes a variety of approaches in tools, access technology and alternative low vision techniques.

SAAVI partners with local and national consumer groups, such as the National Federation of the Blind, to advocate and influence legislative and lawful practices relevant to the blind community.

SAAVI staff role model, in the belief that students are never asked to do something that our staff cannot do themselves.

Ever evolving approach to how and what we teach, regardless of culture or language.