Welcome to the Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired, also known as CAVI

A leading technology school for blind and vision impaired people around the world

We're glad you've stopped by. We're excited about showing you how our academy can help you reach your goals. Online learning can level the playing field for blind and vision impaired people who want to learn computer and technology skills. Local schools may have excelent classes, but transportation issues, higher costs, and lack of accessibility of the curriculum hold some people back. CAVI has spent a decade working to bridge this gap for our students. You'll find links to our course offerings and enrollment forms on this page as well as links that tell you more about who we are and what we do. You will also find an easy to use contact form in case you have any questions.

If you would like to pay for a course or donate to CAVI, please use the button below.

If you've ever wondered if blind people could fix computers, design websites, learn programming, run Linux servers, build networks, or work with audio production, you're in the right place. You can learn to do those things too. Read on...

CAVI provides accredited Cisco Academy courses, computer skills courses, and employment preparation sessions for people who are totally or partially blind. The instructors have years of experience in their technical field and are blind as well. Many of our students get a job after graduation, while others focus on pursuing skills related to a hobby.

Current Courses

The following courses are open for enrollment for Semester 2, 2014 starting in August.

If you want to take any of these courses, your first step is to fill out our enrollment form and email it to us at caviinfo@ciscovision.org . If you are taking the Computer 101 course, you can call us instead of filling out the form. The phone number is 914-620-2284.

Once we receive your enrollment form, we'll contact you by email to set up a short, confidential voice chat or phone call so you can ask any questions you might have, and we can explain how our courses work. This is a good time for you to find out if our courses will meet your needs and discuss any needs for accomodation if you have multiple disabilities.

You may be wondering what kind of tools or equipment you'll need to take our courses. Check out our Tools For Student Success page to see what you'll need.

Free Course Samples

Would you like to listen to some of our courses to see what they're like? If so, visit our free trial courses page. You can download mp3 files on that page and listen to them in any player such as Winamp, iTunes, or Windows Media Player. You can even put them on your iPhone, Stream, or BookSense and listen to them on the go.


This page is a simple introduction to our courses. If you want to learn more about the academy and our philosophy, visit the Ciscovision home page.

Do you have a question not covered here or on the pages describing our courses? If so, please fill out the following form, and one of our staff will respond as quickly as we can. You don't need to fill out the telephone number field unless you would like to be contacted by phone.


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