Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired South Carolina

General Information

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired South Carolina
1 Carriage Lane, Building A
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 723 6915


Brief Description

ABVISC’s vision is for all blind and visually impaired individuals to have the opportunity to live, learn and earn.


Courtney Plotner, Executive Director,

Brooks Harken, Director of Programs,

Amy Harris, Manager, Employee Development Program,

Anne Reid, Development Director,

Susan Lucas, Administrative Assistant,

Services Offered

  • Recreation Services
    • Social activities:Tickets to plays, sporting events, theater, and Spoleto events. Good Cheer Holiday Luncheon for all clients. ABVI has in-office ART, Crochet and Bingo for our clients.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in keyboard skills, JAWS, ZoomText, and the use of the Internet and sending and receiving e-mails. Upon successful completion graduates are given computers with accessibility software by SC Commission for the Blind. Offers CCTVs for a low monthly rental fee. ABVI also offers a 5 week iPad course using Voice Over and Zoom technology. Graduates may purchase an iPad at a minimal monthly fee.

  • Information and Referral
    • ABVI Help Desk provides onsite and over the phone assistance for clients and community members including, but not limited to, community resources, transportation information, disability benefits information, etc. I

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • ABVI Refocus on Children program screens Head Start and Child Development children in 22 Charleston County Title 1 schools. Children referred at the screening are offered free in-school eye exams and glasses and referrals when necessary. ABVI participates in community fairs screening for glaucoma, screening children and/or raising awareness.

  • Health
    • ReFocus on Adults in-office clinics are focused on helping indigent adults in the Charleston Tricouty area regain their independence allowing them to become productive members of the community. Each month ABVI holds a clinic for up to 45 individuals who are under- or uninsured and at or below 200% of the federal poverty line. Participants are given free comprehensive eye exams and glasses and referrals when necessary. ABVI promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. Many of our clients are blind from diabetes or have developed diabetes due to lifestyle changes resulting from their blindness. We offer yoga classes, various fitness classes and nutrition talks to encourage our clients to stay active and to maintain a healthy diet. All of the classes are taught with the goal of teaching the clients healthy habits they can easily keep up with in their own environments.

  • Support Groups
    • ABVI holds monthly support groups on living with and adjusting to blindness for our clients. ABVI also offers Art Therapy once a month.