Information Survey for the 2024 - 2026 State Plan for Independent Living

Every three years, the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI) in conjunction with the Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) and the three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) work together in developing the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL is a three-year plan that sets goals and guides the delivery of independent living services, systemic advocacy, and public outreach and education for the state of Idaho.

Before developing the SPIL, we strive to learn more about what is important to Idahoans with disabilities and their families. We are asking people to take 10 – 20 minutes to complete our survey so we can learn more about your needs and what matters to you. Your responses are confidential unless you choose to share your name.

Both English and Spanish survey links are available here: English version English SPIL Survey and Spanish version Spanish SPIL Survey. Surveys are also available in hard copy, large print, and Braille in both English and Spanish. If you would like a copy of the survey in large print or Braille, please contact the Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) office at 208-334-3800, to request a survey be mailed to you. If you are needing help in filling out the online version of the survey, please contact your local ICBVI office for assistance.

To print out and complete a survey, the pdf is available in English and Spanish. If you complete the online version, it is automatically submitted, but if you are filling out a survey in print, large print or Braille please mail your completed survey to:
Idaho State Independent Living Council
120 S. Cole Rd
Boise, ID 83709

Online survey link: English SPIL Survey

PLEASE NOTE: The survey asks if you are a person with a disability, a family member, a service provider agency, or a direct care/community support worker. Many people fall into several of these categories. The electronic survey questions are different depending on how you identify yourself in questions 1 and 2. If you fall into more than one category you may take the survey multiple times if you choose, or just once.
If interested a copy of current SPIL can be read at the following link: 2021-2023 State Plan for Independent Living
Notice of SPIL Survey for 2024 - 2026(MS Word)

ICBVI Response to COVID-19

ICBVI’s offices are open to the public 8am -5pm. Our store is open Monday-Thursday (9am-3pm). Based on the CDC’s recommendations, we ask that if you have not been vaccinated with the COVID -19 vaccine, that you wear a mask in our offices and in meetings with our staff. Our staff are also available to you remotely by computer or phone if you prefer.

Beth Cunningham, Administrator
Boise office: 208-334-3220
Twin Falls office: 208-736-2140
Lewiston office: 208-799-5009
Coeur D’Alene office: 208-769-7077
Idaho Falls office: 208-525-7028
Pocatello office: 208-236-6392

Notice from The Board of the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

In compliance with the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI) rules and regulations, notice is hereby given that a regular meeting of the Board of the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be held:

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
10:30 a.m. Mountain Time

The meeting will be held in Pocatello , ID


Due to COVID-19 Consumer this meeting will be held virtually.
If you are interested in participating, call 208-639-8374
or toll free in Idaho 1-800-542-8688
and ask for Angela Starr. You can also email your questions to

Welcome to the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI) website.

ICBVI is a state agency which has been serving Idahoans since 1967. The agency assists blind and visually impaired persons to achieve independence by providing education, developing work skills, increasing self-confidence and helping them remain employed or prepare for employment. 

What is Blindness?

A person is considered legally blind when the best corrected visual acuity is 20/200 in the better eye or the person's visual field is 20 degrees or less. The amount of remaining vision is not the determiner of success. With proper instruction, a blind or visually impaired person can perform most any task by employing alternative techniques. ICBVI provides services for persons who are legally blind, functionally blind or in danger of blindness.


Our mission is to empower persons who are blind or visually impaired by providing vocational rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to achieve self-fulfillment through quality employment and independent living.

Services for Adults, Seniors or Youth (Please click on the title headings for additional information).

Vocational Rehabilitation

VR Services

VR Services may help you if you are experiencing a vision problem that is preventing you from getting a job or may be the cause of you losing a job.  Our program is designed to assist you in making informed choices concerning your career so that you can become or stay successfully employed.

Transition services

Transition services are available to students (ages 14-21) with disabilities. They are a coordinated set of vocational rehabilitation activities that are outcome oriented and promote movement from school to post-school activities; including postsecondary and vocational training and competitive integrated employment. We offer specialized programs that focus on developing employability, independence and self-determination to equip students to fulfill their life goals.

Assessment and Training Center

The ATC in Boise provides intensive instruction in skills needed for a blind or visually impaired person to participate fully in the mainstream of society. The Center's goal is to provide training which will allow the individual to perform any task, on the job or at home, as well as his/her sighted peers.  Instruction is available in the following areas:  activities of daily living, Braille and communications, industrial arts, keyboard and computer, and orientation and mobility/cane travel.

Business Enterprise Program

This program makes it possible for blind individuals to be financially independent and earn a living through the management and operation of small businesses located in public buildings.

Independent Living Services

ICBVI provides specially designed services for people of all ages who are experiencing vision loss. These services may include home counseling, instruction in alternative techniques, peer support groups and various low vision services.

ICBVI Guide to Independence

Sight Restoration Services

To preserve, stabilize or restore vision, ICBVI, along with other state agencies, often can provide financial assistance for medical costs to qualified individuals.

Low Vision Clinic

A low vision evaluation may be performed by an optometrist at the ICBVI Low Vision Clinic or by an instructor in the home. A variety of devices will be tried to assist individuals to make the most of their remaining vision.

The ICBVI Store

There are ICBVI Stores located in Boise and all regional offices, which stock many items, including magnifiers and talking, large print and Braille devices.

Braille Services

ICBVI consults with businesses and individuals needing materials transcribed into Braille. We help choose an appropriate resource to do this, through volunteers, projects with private and public agencies, as well as through our own facilities.