“The important thing is that we can talk to other people who have similar problems to our own. And we share good solutions to our day-to-day problems.”
– David G., senior support group member
The DIO offers the largest support group program for visually impaired and blind people in the United States. Our senior support group meetings are held at the DIO, in St. Clair Shores and in Livonia at the Henry Ford Center for Vision Rehabilitation & Research.
A welcoming environment for visually impaired seniors
The DIO senior support groups, serving visually impaired seniors in the Detroit area, provide a comfortable environment to discuss the challenges of living fully with a visual impairment. Each group offers several benefits to members, including:
- No charge for attending general meetings
- Guest speakers
- Small group meetings
- Occasional day trips and seasonal events
- Assistance with transportation to meetings, when possible
In addition, individuals may attend the meetings as long as they like. These meetings are characterized by their cheerful, forward-looking, upbeat nature. Many members have been in their group for years, often developing friendships with others in the visually impaired community. All of this is made possible by the Friends of Vision, who serve as volunteers for the events and raise funds to ensure the continued success of these programs.
In addition to the senior support groups, the DIO offers a Visionaries support group program for visually impaired or blind adults ages 20-59, which meets once a month at the DIO.
To register or for more information about a DIO support group, call (313) 824-4710.