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Who We Are

CWAB® was organized on October 9, 1975 when the charter was filed with the state of West Virginia by Charles Harris of Huntington, the founder of CWAB®.

The preamble to the bylaws reads in part, “We, the blind of Cabell and Wayne Counties, bind ourselves to the cause of exploring, expanding and exploiting our abilities as free and equal citizens .

We are the blind speaking for ourselves, relying upon each other for the accomplishment of those goals defined for ourselves by ourselves.”



Toni I. Walls

Executive Director



John Rybak

Consumer Advocate

Kim Abel


Office Manager

Our Mission: Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind is committed to promoting and advocating the economic, educational, and social welfare of the blind and visually impaired of all ages so that they can maintain a lifestyle comparable to other members of society. 

Our Vision: CWAB® will be seen nationally as a model for organizations and agencies that help blind and visually impaired person achieve maximum independence. CWAB® will beknown for timely and appropriate state-of-the-art responses to the changing needs of consumers throughout the Tri-State area and beyond.

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