The Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WSBVI) is an innovative part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, providing statewide services to blind and visually impaired students. As a part of the Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy, the WSBVI is the lead resource for providing quality services to blind and visually impaired school-age children.

The WSBVI campus is located adjacent to the Rock river near downtown Janesville, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WSBVI), a residential school for blind and visually impaired K-12 students. The school, in addition to providing a general education curriculum, offers intensive instruction in skills which minimize the effects of blindness (e.g. Braille instruction, travel with white cane, use of technology, appropriate social skills which would otherwise be learned incidentally through sight, etc.). The WSBVI, through its Janesville campus/school and the regional sites, provide a wide array of statewide services, assessments, summer/weekend programs, resources, and professional opportunities.

The WSVBI is guided in it’s mission by the The Blind and Visual Impairment Education Advisory Council which is comprised of professionals, parents, advocates, and leaders in general and special education of the blind and visually impaired.

Contact Information

1700 West State
Janesville, Wisconsin 53546
Phone: 608-758-6100 Fax:608-758-6116

Title Name Phone Email
Center Director Dan Wenzel 608-758-4925
Education Director Julie Piper 608-758-6120
Athletic Director Kelly Bailey 608-758-6100 x5353
Boys Track Coach Matt Weaver 608-758-6100 x5710
Girls Track Coach Colleen Fehrenbach 608-758-6100 x 5355
Wrestling Coach 608-758-6100 x
Head Cheerleading Coach
Asst. Cheerleading Coach
608-758-6100 x
608-758-6100 x
Boys Swim Coach 608-758-6100 x
Girls Swim Coach Nancy Schneider
Head Forensics Coach
Asst. Forensics Coach
Karen Heesen

Christine Zastrow

608-758-6100 x5332
608-758-6100 x5621



Head Goal Ball 608-758-6100 x
Asst. Goal Ball Coach 608-758-6100 x
Mascot Badger
School Colors Orange & Black