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Greater Detroit Agency For The Blind and Visually Impaired

16625 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48227, USA Detroit, Michigan 48227

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The Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired (formerly Upshaw Institute for the Blind) was established in 1961 to develop and expand community resources minimizing the causes and impact of blindness and visual impairments. (Click here to learn about our history.) Through teaching, training, and innovative technology, our comprehensive range of services enables blind and visually impaired individuals to cope with the daily challenges associated with blindness. GDABVI helps people develop and maintain their self-confidence and independence for a well-adjusted, self-sufficient life. (Click here to learn about our Adult Services.) We also act as a community liaison and consul...  Show More>>

The Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired (formerly Upshaw Institute for the Blind) was established in 1961 to develop and expand community resources minimizing the causes and impact of blindness and visual impairments. (Click here to learn about our history.)

Through teaching, training, and innovative technology, our comprehensive range of services enables blind and visually impaired individuals to cope with the daily challenges associated with blindness. GDABVI helps people develop and maintain their self-confidence and independence for a well-adjusted, self-sufficient life. (Click here to learn about our Adult Services.)

We also act as a community liaison and consultant, coordinating services to satisfy the unique needs of our clients while helping to enhance their overall quality of life.

As a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation and United Way agency, we serve seven Southeast Michigan counties including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston and St. Clair counties. We provide our in-home services at no-cost to eligible residents through funding provided by the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, and through private donations.

The GDABVI office is located on the west side of Detroit at 16625 Grand River Ave, half a mile east of the Southfield Fwy. We are a proud member of the Grandmont Community Association and neighborhood.

The Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, or recipient of service pursuant to the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (P.A. 453 of 1976), the Michigan Handicappers Civil Rights Act (P.A. 220 of 1976), and section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

HISTORY OF THE GDABVI :

Since 1961, the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired (GDABVI) and its predecessor organizations have provided innovative services to thousands of men, women and children throughout southeast Michigan. The original Metropolitan Society for the Blind was established to provide direct assistance to people in the metropolitan Detroit area who were blind or visually impaired through consultation, along with staff training to health agencies and educational institutions.

The organization became Greater Detroit Society for the Blind when it merged with the Detroit Society for the Prevention of Blindness in 1970, and was once again renamed in 1993 to honor its founding director, McAllister Upshaw as the Upshaw Institute for the Blind.

In 2005, the organization sought out a more clearly recognizable identity, changing its name to the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired. As it has since its conception, it continues to help residents with visual impairments to achieve and maintain independence. Read more about our history.

RECOGNITIONS:

We are honored to be recognized for our work to assist visually impaired persons :

2015 – Certificate Recognition of Work by The Michigan Senate of the State of Michigan, presented by State Senator Coleman A. Young II.

2015 – Appreciation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Serving Persons in Michigan Who Are Blind & Visually Impaired, presented by the Michigan Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

2011 – Certificate of Congressional Recognition for 50 years of assisting individuals with visual impairments achieve and maintain independence, signed by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

2011 – Congratulatory letter for 50 years of dedicated service, signed by U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

2011 – Certificate of Recognition for 50th anniversary of GDABVI, signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

2011 – City of Detroit Proclamation for GDABVI 50th anniversary, signed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

2000 – Best-Managed Nonprofit with a budget under $3 million, recognition by Crain’s Detroit Business.

2007 – City of Detroit Special Celebration Certificate on the occasion of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Sensory Garden at GDABVI, signed by Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick.

1986 – Congratulatory letter for 25 years of service, signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

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