Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired

16625 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48227

Youth Programs

GDABVI children and youth programming is designed to help young people who are blind or visually impaired develop the needed social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills to stay in school and succeed. Activities are chosen and developed using best practices and national standards, offering young participants positive developmental experiences outside the school setting. These extracurricular activities help bridge the learning gap that exists between children with blindness or low vision and their sighted peers. Elementary and middle school youth are given the opportunity to explore the community as a means of developing independence and social skills, as well as promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

Children meet petting farm animals to learn about farming and experience animal life in local habitats.

Summer Enrichment Camp

Our Summer Enrichment Program gives children who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to develop important life skills in a fun, nurturing environment. Kids between the ages of 5 and 15 participate in recreational activities throughout metro Detroit that are designed to cultivate better orientation and mobility skills, social interaction and independence.

Professional vision rehab teachers supervise children in activities such as judo, horseback riding and kayaking, as well as accompanying boys and girls as they learn how to utilize public transportation.

Learn more about the Summer Enrichment Program (which runs from mid-July to mid-August) where youth with severe vision loss have the opportunity to explore the community while also exploring their own potential.


Each summer we offer two weeks of Goalball games with lunch for youth ages 8 to 18. This exciting game uses a bell with a ball that players must listen for to score points and block their opponents from scoring. Each game is followed by lunch prepared by the entire group. It’s a popular activity enjoyed by young players across Southeast Michigan. Learn more about Goalball and how to register for play.

Other Programming for Children and Youth

GDABVI also works in conjunction with a number of community partners to offer other programming for children and youth with severe vision loss, including Goalball, pottery workshops and field trips – all aimed at helping children with severe vision loss to become successful, self-sufficient adults.

For more information about GDABVI programming for children and youth, e-mail or call (313) 272-3900.