Mission statement

The Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides programs that meet the emotional, educational, and social needs for the blind and visually impaired of Central Illinois.


Vision statement

We will serve the blind and visually impaired people by enhancing and supporting their independent living abilities.


Executive Director

Michelle Shute

Board of Directors:


President – Prasad Parupalli – sighted

Vice President – Ken Gray – visually impaired

Treasurer – Xin Lu – visually impaired

Secretary –



Gyla Grigsby – visually impaired

Cora Quinn – blind

Robert Smith – sighted

Leia Stewart – blind

Priscilla Whipp – sighted