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Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Black History Month and AMD Month

February 2024

Introducing New Board Chair

Cathy McAdam

GDABVI is honored to have Cathy McAdam as the new board chair, effective January 2024.

"I am happy to serve on the GDABVI board of directors. Back in 2005-2010, I contracted with the agency to develop a computer training project with our local libraries for the blind. I believe in the power of assistive technology! I’m a long-time disability advocate and worked as a medical social worker at the Rehabilitation institute of Michigan before starting my small business! Now retired, I am an active LION, voting rights advocate, and love to travel!"

Welcome Cathy, and we look forward to your leadership, your positivity and your passion to drive this mission forward.

Upcoming Events

February 2024

February 13, 2024

New Direction Support Group Valentines Day 12 pm - 2pm

If able, please bring bag of candy to pass.

February 21, 2024

Hands on CPR Training

12 pm - 2 pm

Register 313-272-3900 by February 13, 2024

February 27, 2024

GDABVI Book Club

The Vanishing Half

12 pm - 2 pm

March 2024

March 21, 2024

Showcase our Services

10 am - 3 pm

Continental breakfast and lunch served.

Learn what services GDABVI has to offer through breakout sessions, technology, O & M, braille, low vision, and daily living skills. All services are FREE!

Space is limited, so register today. 313-272-3900

Did You Know? February is AMD Month


A.M.D. stands for Age-related Macular Degeneration. It is an illness that is the leading cause of low vision in Americans older than 50 years of age. The part of the eye affected by this disease is the macula, a pigmented, oval-shaped part of the retina. About 5 mm in diameter, it is responsible for the central vision required for driving, reading, and fine detail. Containing a high number of photoreceptor cells that detect light, it is also responsible for high-resolution vision. A.M.D. is a progressive disease that causes retinal cells to slowly die, though it causes no physical pain.

To read more, click here.

Just because the holidays are over does not mean we do not still wish

GDABVI realizes our times can be challenging, but our mission is to provide services and support that help blind and visually impaired individuals live productive, independent lives with confidence and dignity. Our vision is to help the blind and visually impaired individuals have the tools, technologies, and therapies they need to overcome obstacles that separate them from their dreams. And, sometimes, it takes a village to meet our mission and vision goals and our village is you. Can you help us? GDABVI has created an Amazon Wish List for supplies that are needed for our classes, support groups, social engagements and therapies. If you have a little extra to give, please consider our Amazon Wish List. And, as always, THANK YOU!!

Click here to review our wish list.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. Click here to read more.

Ways to Give

We offer a variety of ways for you to support our mission through donations

Annual Contributions

Through our Website

Facebook Fundraiser

Kroger Community Rewards

For more information, please click here to learn more.

We appreciate you!

Did you know all supports and services are FREE of charge to all of our families?

In order to provide these FREE services, we need the help of our families, friends and community partners. Please consider donating to GDABVI so they we can continue to help our families in need. Thank you!

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