Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired

16625 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48227


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.

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. In addition, GDABVI helps people develop and maintain their self-confidence and independence for a well-adjusted, self-sufficient life.

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.

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.

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. The agency is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC) and is certified to meet national standards for quality services, responsible management, and public accountability.

The GDABVI office is located on the west side of Detroit in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood. We are a proud member of the Grandmont Community Association.


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