Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired

456 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Our missionWe help individuals living with low vision or blindness thrive in a sighted world.
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Couple shares fondness for Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Allegan Support Group

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired

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How you helpVolunteers make ABVI’s mission come to life through their compassion and dedication to those who they are helping to serve.
About usThe Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, one of the oldest non-profits in Michigan, was founded in 1913 by Roberta Griffith, who lost her sight as a child. She’s believed to be the first blind woman in the United States to graduate from a school for sighted students. She completed her studies at Western Reserve University in three years instead of four. Roberta was passionate about helping others who faced similar challenges. She partnered with Helen Keller to standardize braille code throughout the nation and worked to “mainstream” blind children within Grand Rapids Public Schools. Her proudest accomplishment was ABVI, which has grown to serve adults and children in 13 West Michigan counties. She was recognized for her efforts with induction into the Michigan Woman’s Hall of Fame.
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