About Us

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired has been working with blind and visually impaired people since 1964 and serves over 2,000 blind and visually impaired clients per year. SAAVI was formed by two sisters for visually impaired individuals and has made innovative changes in the past 45 years with a goal to provide dynamic and progressive programs and services to meet the needs of people with a vision loss.

  • Blind girl running a marathon and being assisted by a guide-runner.
  • Blind kids rock climbing for exercise.
  • Blind man being assisted crossing the street by a guide.
  • Group of kids playing basketball.
  • SAAVI staff member reviewing documents at a table.
  • Lisa holding the Olympic Torch

Value Statement

We believe that no one should expect less for themselves because of their blindness. We believe in commitment:

  • Commitment from our staff to ensure that each student has the tools to be an empowered, independent and successful blind person.
  • Commitment from our students to have the motivation to achieve their goals.
  • Commitment from the community through support for our students and their causes.

We expect more of you because we believe in you. We know that you can achieve more because we believe in you. We help you to become more so you can believe in yourself.


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(520) 795-1331


4222 E Thomas Rd.
Suites 130
Phoenix, AZ 85018


4002 E Grant Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716


3795 W. 22nd Lane,
Suite B
Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 276-4600

Staff & Board

Some of SAAVI's staff and board having fun riding a carousel.

SAAVI’s dynamic and diverse team demonstrates competence and confidence through peer role modeling and quality services.More