• 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.

Partners and Resources

The following page is designed to provide you with both partners and resources that we hope you will find useful. Partners are fundamental for SAAVI towards providing the best services for blind and visually impaired people throughout Arizona.

National Federation of the Blind:

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. www.nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind Arizona:

Arizona Affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind www.az.nfb.org

Arizona Council of the Blind:

The Arizona Council of the Blind is a nonprofit IRS exempt organization made up of blind, visually impaired, and sighted Arizonans, with a broad diversity of occupations and professions. Primary focus is on blindness-related issues – especially on dealing effectively with the challenges of daily living, whether a person be a child or adult, regardless of the cause of sight impairment www.azcb.org

American Council of the blind:

The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people. www.acb.org

Arizona Governor’s Council on Blindness
and Visual Impairment:

The Council is charged with advising and assisting the Governor, and the legislature, on the needs and services related to blindness and visual impairment. The GCBVI also review services provided by all agencies serving individuals who are blind or visually impaired to ensure the specialized needs of this population are being met. www.azdes.gov

National Industries for the Blind:

At National Industries for the Blind (NIB), it is our mission to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its associated agencies serve as the largest program responsible for the employment of people who are blind through the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act. www.nib.org

Arizona Braille and Talking Book Library:

To provide books, magazines and other library resources in alternate formats for all Arizona residents whose visual or physical disabilities prevent the use of conventional print materials. www.azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks

Sun Sounds:

Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access to information to people in the Southwest who cannot read print because they have a disability. www.sunsounds.org

Hadley School for the Blind:

To promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. www.hadley.edu


Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities www.bookshare.org

Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind:

Committed to excellence in education of all children and youth with hearing or vision loss throughout Arizona. www.asdb.az.gov/

Sun Van:

Tucson’s paratransit agency since 1987, provides transportation service to those individuals unable to use Sun Tran’s fixed route service due to their disability. www.suntran.com/routes-services/sunvan/

American Foundation for the Blind:

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S. www.afb.org

Independent Living Aids:

Independent Living Aids is the oldest, privately-held, direct marketing/distribution company in the United States of products for people who are blind or have low vision. www.independentliving.com

Maxi Aids:

Providing a complete and comprehensive online product catalog for people with special needs. Maxi-Aids is owned and operated by individuals who are Deaf, Blind and Autistic. www.maxiaids.com

American Printing House for the Blind:

APH is the world’s largest provider of accessible educational and daily living products, with over 150 years of service. www.aph.org

Desert Low Vision:

Desert Low Vision Services is committed to elevating each low vision individual’s ability to function independently. An important low vision evaluation can be scheduled for those individuals interested in focusing on their specific needs. We also have on site, an extensive selection of adaptive aids available to you in a retail setting www.desertlowvision.com