Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired

16625 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48227


GDABVI logoThe 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. (Click here to learn about our history.)

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. GDABVI helps people develop and maintain their self-confidence and independence for a well-adjusted, self-sufficient life. (Click here to learn about our Adult Services.)

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.

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. We provide our in-home services at no-cost to eligible residents through funding provided by the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, and through private donations.

The GDABVI office is located on the west side of Detroit at 16625 Grand River Ave, half a mile east of the Southfield Fwy. We are a proud member of the Grandmont Community Association and neighborhood.


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.