I became blind 2 1/2 years ago very suddenly. I only learned about your organization this Spring through a friend.
Sue Buhr was sent to my home to help me with some basic skills for living more independently. She has given me many very simple yet helpful hints and tricks that have helped me immensely. She has also encouraged me to know that I am far more capable than I believed. Sue has given me the strength and courage to cope with my situation and go on living more fully.
Earning a college degree is a significant accomplishment for anyone with the opportunity and wherewithal to study hard. For someone who is blind, getting a college education is filled with many additional challenges. Yet despite the odds, Denise Kennedy – a blind resident of southeast Michigan – successfully earned a college degree and built a career leading educational programs for blind and visually impaired people.
Ms. Kennedy is a client of the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We met her when she contacted our agency for assistance with activities of daily living to maintain her independent lifestyle. Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Eric Porter visited Mrs. Kennedy in her home to review her living needs and develop a vision rehab plan that would allow her to safely and securely manage her home and remain active outside her home.
Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind & Visually Impaired was there for me at perhaps the most difficult time of my life. When I was 53 years old I suddenly lost most of my vision. It was devastating. I had been working full time in the medical field and living on my own. GDABVI was there from the beginning of my new journey and helped me to get back to the business of life. What I thought I could never do again – including basic daily living skills – I am doing effortlessly. No doubt it has not been easy but with learning new adaptive techniques, how to use a long cane for mobility and blindness adjustment skills, I am getting my independence back! I hope to one day help others who lose their vision – the way I was helped! Thank you,”