Hope for those with Visual Impairment

Vision Loss can be a traumatic experience. This is especially true if you have just begun to lose your vision (Low Vision). Having Low Vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, you find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, and writing can all seem challenging.

Your doctor may not be able to restore your vision, but Low Vision services can help you make the most of what is remaining. You can continue enjoying friends, family, hobbies, and other interests just as you always have. The key is to not delay use of these services.

We help individuals living with Low Vision or Blindness thrive in a sighted world

Ted with magnifier

Ted’s Story…“ABVI raises peoples’ expectations of themselves”

December 17, 2014 was Ted’s last day of work. There was no retirement party with his co-workers. He didn’t even clean out his desk. It was just like every other day coming home to his wife, Michele, to enjoy his evening with her, his grandchildren and the family pets.

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Future Vision: Research for Treatments

“To explore the next generation of treatment options available to our patients, The University of Michigan is opening the Kellogg Clinical Research Center (KCRC).  The faculty scientists and our research volunteers are already seeing tremendous progress in our ability to operate a wider range of clinical trials over the past year from addition of personnel with expertise in clinical trial operations” says Grant M. Comer, M.D., M.S, Assistant Professor at KCRC,

“Our current trials include a study to improve the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration, the investigation of a new drug to treat cancer around the eye and the examination of a supplement to treat dry eye disease”, Dr. Comer says.

UofM’s W.K. Kellogg Eye Center and ABVI have a new alliance to improve access and rehabiliation services for individuals  who are visually impaired.

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Insight, by Cassaundra Bell

Cassaundra Bell

In my last blog post, I wrote about the need for accommodation and accessibility for the visually impaired in faith-based communities, and I was incredibly encouraged by the online conversations that followed that posting on our Facebook page. I related to so much of what others were sharing in their posts. One individual shared her experience of assisting her father who is legally blind. She wrote, "When I lived at home, I would read the bulletin to him, and also quietly read the lyrics of the screen to him just ahead of the congregation so he could sing along during worship services." Her recollection of this experience made me smile because I am incredibly familiar with that exact experience -- loving friends and family members, murmuring lyrics to me, just ahead of everyone else, so that I might join my voice in the chorus of worshipful adoration. Other individuals shared stories of their own frustrations, and many commented on how they never knew how to address this issue within their church community. In my own church-going experience, I have felt this discomfort, and often hesitated to ask for accommodations that I might need during a Sunday morning service. It was only through writing this last blog post, that I realized the importance of starting this conversation, and encouraging others to start similar dialogue in their communities.

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Events

July 27, 2016
  • Montcalm County Support Group

    July 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Commission on Aging, 613 N. State St., Stanton, MI

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  • Mecosta County Support Group

    July 27, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Mecosta County Senior Center, 12954 - 80th Ave., Mecosta, MI

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July 28, 2016
  • Ionia County Support Group

    July 28, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Green Acres Assisted Living, 2550 Commerce Lane, Ionia, MI

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July 29, 2016
August 1, 2016
  • Kent County Support Group

    August 1, 2016 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am
    ABVI

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  • iPhone training for blind and visually impaired users-

    August 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Allegan District Library, 331 Hubbard St, Allegan, MI 49010, USA

    Sign-up, in advance, with Billie Spicer at the Library (269-673-4625)

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August 4, 2016
  • Ottawa County - Zeeland Support Group

    August 4, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Royal Park Place, 500 Parkside Drive, Zeeland, MI, United States

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August 5, 2016
August 8, 2016
  • iPhone training for blind and visually impaired users-

    August 8, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Allegan District Library, 331 Hubbard St, Allegan, MI 49010, USA

    Sign-up, in advance, with Billie Spicer at the Library (269-673-4625)

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  • Newaygo County Support Group "TWESI"

    August 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Hesperia Public Library, 80 South Division, Hesperia, MI

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August 9, 2016
  • Ottawa County - Grand Haven Support Group

    August 9, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    First Presbyterian Church, 508 Franklin Avenue, Grand Haven, MI, United States

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  • Pathways to Employment Support Group

    August 9, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    call 616 396-4132 for information

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