Without ABVI, younger children would not have the same opportunities as sighted youth. An early start provides youth with more confidence as they enter the 14+ year age group, when expectations become greater. Our program graduates recognize the importance that job skills education and daily-skills education such as cooking, cleaning, recreational activities, and social interaction play in their success. ABVI’s team of Masters Level, Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists, Certified Low Vision Therapists and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists is teaching these key life skills through the following programs:
Successful Teens Exploring Positive Skills (STEPS)
ABVI helps high school-aged youth gain independent living skills through its STEPS program. This twice-monthly school-year program:
- Prepares 14-26 year old youth for their first employment opportunities, college potential, and independent living.
- Tailors programming to youth to increase their social and mobility skills. This may include independent travel/transportation, verbal and non-verbal communication, financial skills/banking, shopping, cooking, and appropriate dress for business environments.
- Works in tandem with Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa County ISD’s/Teacher Consultants for the Visually Impaired (TCVI), creating a career, college, and life-skill development activities beyond those available in the classroom. ABVI also acts as a subcontractor for the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.
STEPS (ages 14-26) Location & Schedule:
Grand Haven Transition Center
605 Elliot Ave.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
First & Third Mondays of the month at 3:30 pm
Contact Jessica and Lori for more information
STEPS Junior for 10-13 Year Olds
This program meets monthly during the school year. Our goals include teaching critical life skills to youth under age 14 who are living with blindness or low vision. This includes:
- Personal grooming
- Social and communication skills
- Basic cooking and food preparation
STEPS Junior (ages 10 -13) Location & Schedule:
456 Cherry St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Second Monday of the month at 4:00 pm during the school year
Contact Rachel or Sarah for more information
Summer in the City (SITC)
SITC is a free two-week program for youth with blindness or visual impairment that teaches the life skills and education necessary to live independent and productive lives outside of high school, in college, and/or future employment.
SITC (ages 14-26) Location & Schedule:
Wyoming Park United Methodist Church
2244 Porter St. SW
Monday – Thursday, the last two weeks in June; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Contact Jessica or Lori for more information