Our mission

“To act as a catalyst in changing the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired and their families through education, advocacy, and camaraderie.”


Phone: 1 206 666-3696

An affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

Welcome to the Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MCBVI), the Michigan affiliate of the American Council of the Blind! Our goal is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired throughout Michigan. We do this in a positive, productive, and supportive environment sharing ideas and enjoying friendships!

The MCBVI is a registered non-profit organization in Michigan, with members of all ages who are sighted, blind, or visually impaired. representing a broad diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds. We have local chapters around the state and are always looking to seed new ones, as well as many members at large.

We welcome your participation in our active schedule of events, and hope you will join us!

What we do

1. Promote public Understanding and respect of individuals experiencing vision loss.

2. Offer helpful resources useful to people who are blind or visually impaired in Michigan, in cooperation with family, friends, and associates.

3. Promote equality and full participation of individuals who are blind or visually impaired in Education, employment, social, cultural and recreational opportunities.

4. Encourage and assist persons who are experiencing vision loss in developing self-confidence, independence, and their potential for success in assuming a respected and responsible place in society.

5. Advocate for quality standards and service in all rehabilitation or vocational programs provided by public and private agencies for persons who are blind or visually impaired.

6. Provide forums for the free exchange of ideas, opinions, and information relating to matters of concern to people who are blind and visually impaired including family, friends, and associates.

7. Advocate in meetings, conventions, and training programs for government, business, schools, churches, and organizations to encourage understanding with respect to vision loss.

We can offer helpful information in many specific areas. For example, Resources for parents of children and teens, young adults and seniors who are blind or visually impaired, to make them aware of important opportunities and services available to them.

Benefits Of Membership

A. Full participation in annual statewide conferences and local chapter activities, including but not limited to, information sharing, parties, picnics, and field trips.

B. Participation with full voting rights in the annual conventions of the Michigan affiliate, and American Council of the Blind.

C. Free annual subscription to the organization newsletter "MCBVI News", and the "ACB Braille Forum". The "MCBVI News" is published 3-4 times a year and is available in your choice of Braille, large print, audio CD, or email. The "ACB Braille Forum is published six times a year and is available in Braille, large print, email, digital cartridge, podcast or by telephone. If you choose to receive the "ACB Braille Forum" by email, you will receive 6 extra issues.

We invite you to join MCBVI whether you are dealing with vision loss or are a friend or family member of someone who is. Understanding the impacts of laws, community needs and opportunities for full access, helps all members become stronger Advocates. You may join us through one of our local chapters, or join as a member at large! For information on how to join, visit our website:

www.michigancounciloftheblind.org or call us 1 206 666 3696

Support MCBVI

MCBVI is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and we welcome your support. Please visit www.michigancounciloftheblind.org, or call us to discuss your donations of any size!