Vision Forward Association

Vision Forward has been an important and impactful organization in the Milwaukee community for the past 100 years.

912 N Hawley Rd

Saturday Hours
11 am - 5 pm

Sunday Hours
Not Open

Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted

Handicapped Accessible
Fully wheelchair accessible

Passport Site

Vision Forward Association (Vision Forward), formerly called the Badger Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was founded by Adam Zepp in 1919. With affordable housing for blind and visually impaired adults being a main goal, Vision Forward purchased a Victorian mansion, formerly the Nugent Sanitarium, at 912 N. Hawley Road. The first Badger Home for the Blind opened at this location in 1924.

In 1967, ground was broken for a new housing facility and residents moved into the larger, dorm-style building in 1969. In 2002, the residents transitioned from dorms to independent living in the new 58-unit apartment building next door to their old home. Vision Forward is still located at 912 N. Hawley Road. The old housing facility was renovated and now holds our Children’s Services, Adult Services, Technology and Education Center, and Store.

Vision Forward currently provides programs and services for people of all ages with vision loss. This year, they are celebrating 100 years of service to the community! A tour and staff-led activities will explore the transformation of the building and history of the organization. Experience how technology has evolved and made everyday tasks more accessible, learn about specialized services for children with vision loss, and see adaptive products in the retail store.