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Board of Commissioners

Help us keep Nebraska’s consumer-driven separate agency for the blind vibrant! Come to our meetings and/or email us!
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4600 Valley Road, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68510-4844

Toll Free: 877.809.2419
Local: 402.471.2891
Fax: 402.471.3009
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Pearl Van Zandt, Ph.D
Executive Director


Pathways to Independence Video Series
Pathways to Independence © is a video training series that teaches skills used by blind and visually impaired individuals.
"Welcome to the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI), the state vocational rehabilitation agency for the blind. We work to help blind and visually impaired Nebraskans achieve full and rewarding lives through independent living skills and assisting with finding employment in Nebraska and across the country.

NCBVI provides the training, counseling, and resources needed for a positive understanding of blindness and visual impairment. Our high expectations include employment and fulfillment in all aspects of life. Our website provides information about the Commission and also about blindness in general: for blind and visually impaired individuals, their families, businesses seeking job candidates to fulfill Nebraska employment needs.

Our Mission:

  • Empowering Blind Individuals,
  • Promoting Opportunities, and
  • Building Belief in the Blind.

Message from the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired Board of Commissioners:

We, blind consumers, worked to establish a separate agency for the blind in Nebraska; and only we can assure that it continues. It is, therefore, crucial that consumers participate in Board meetings and give both Commissioners and the Executive Director ideas and feedback. Interested people being involved will keep Nebraska's service system vibrant.

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NCBVI Staff has access to Nebraska wellnessoptions.


Nebraska Center for the Blind has been approved by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB). This approval is granted only to those Centers that meet strict standards for high quality services, uphold a positive philosophy of blindness and high expectations, adhere to Structured Discovery instructional methodology, and are dedicated to assuring genuine Informed Choice for all consumers. The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired adheres to these standards of quality assurance in every area of its service delivery.