• 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.


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Our Commitment to Our Donors

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by SAAVI Services for the Blind, both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes the SAAVI Services for the Blind website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

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!



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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In person Covid Safety

Saavi Services for the Blind highly values the safety of each student and staff.  We strive to provide a learning environment that promotes our mission while eliminating unnecessary health risks.  To support a healthy and safe environment, Saavi Services for the blind models our practices off of the recommendations from the State of Arizona Department of Health Services, as well as the Center for Disease Control.  We are now in the process of transitioning our services back to in-person training in our centers.  This means that we must ensure that we are promoting a safe and healthy environment that minimizes exposure to the Corona Virus to support our transition out of our international pandemic.  In this effort, the following are the requirements that Saavi Services for the Blind is instituting at this time.  Conditions will adjust as the ADHS and CDC recommendations change.

  1. In order to attend in-person at the Saavi Services for the Blind training centers, all staff and students who are eligible must have received one of the FDA authorized Covid vaccines and have completed the recommended incubation times period
  2. All staff and students who are not yet able, or willing to receive the Covid vaccine are permitted to participate in virtual employment and/or training.
    • Virtual services    in comprehensive programming will remain until all populations are eligible and availability is prevalent for all Students, and when the CDC advises that all populations can interact indoors in moderately sized groupings.
    • Students may be able to access continued virtual services dependent on additional program options for rural and individualized/itinerant services.
  3. Students under the age of Vaccine eligibility may receive in person services based on social distanced procedures recommended by CDC for schools and childcare centers.
  4. Saavi Will observe the rights of students and staff who are unable or unwilling to receive the Covid Vaccine based on Medical or religious reasons.  During this time, accommodations will be supported through virtual services.
  5. Saavi Services for the blind mandates that all persons participating in any Saavi activity use masks and participate in all social distancing space requirements.


A Message from our CEO:

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.



Michael Gordon


SAAVI Services for the Blind