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Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired


June 2024

Welcome to June!

Hello All:

Welcome to June and the start of summer!  Hopefully the sunny, warm, long days will help us to forget about winter and enjoy all Michigan has to offer.  During June, we celebrate Juneteenth and acknowledge Men’s Health Month.

On Wednesday, June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth.  This date marks the day, in 1865, that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and to ensure that African Americans, previously enslaved, be freed.  Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States.

Also, in June, we acknowledge Men’s Health Month. Men are significantly less like than women to see a doctor.  According to Indiana University, only 60% of men get a yearly routine checkup compared to women and 40% of men will not go to a doctor until something is seriously wrong.  Please take this opportunity to schedule a physical exam, including a check for prostate cancer as this is the second leading cause of death for men in the United States.

I am proud to work with Kashonia, Priscilla, Malaika and Aya who make up the great agency staff!  Each day, I see their commitment to our clients and their families by delivering so many important services.  If you are able to donate to the agency, please do, so that we may continue our good work.  Thank you, in advance!

I hope that you and yours enjoy a wonderful summer and let’s keep cheering on our Tigers!

Very Best Regards,

Jim Smock

Executive Director

UPCOMING activities at GDABVI:

People joining hands into a circle showing unity with the sun shining in the middle.

Monthly Bingo

June 7th: 12PM to 2PM

It's time for fun, fellowship, and prizes.


New Direction Support Group

June 11th: 12PM to 2PM

Topic: Join us for chair aerobics with Yvette Carter.


June 13th: Just a reminder! for those who will be joining the agency at the Tigers game. we will be going directly to Comerca Park, located at 2100 woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201.

GDABVI family/Friends Support Group

June 13th: 6:30PM-7:30PM

This support group is for those who have a family/friend who is blind/visually impaired. We will meet VIA zoom. To sign up, call 313-591-3786 or email Please leave your name, phone number and email address.

Movie Day!

June 14th: 2PM-4PM

Movie: I Care A Lot


June 19th… Agency Closed!

Book Club

June 25th… 12PM to 2PM

The book club pick for the month is, Will, by: Will Smith / Mark Manson


For more information or to RSVP for activities and events call 313-591-3786.

Men's Health Month Event!!!

African American man with two boys laying in the grass

June 20th: 12PM to 2PM

June is Men’s Mental Health Month Men are less likely than women to seek help for depression, substance use, and stressful life events due to social norms, downplaying symptoms and reluctance to talk. Join us 12PM-2PM. Dr. Kenneth Johnson will be our guest speaker. This event is for men only.

For more information call 313-591-3786.

Summer Movies

Weathered reel of film

Remaining Dates:

July 12th: A Fall from Grace

August 9th: Blended

Enjoy a movie and refreshments.

Space is limited. You must RSVP in advance. Donation: $6

Family riding bikes

Successful Tips for Grilling with a Visual Impairment

In a recent article entitled “Strategies for Success When Grilling with a Visual Impairment” from Wisconsin's Counsel of the Blind, readers can see helpful tips for individuals who are blind or visually impaired and want to enjoy grilling. Here are the key points:

Choose the Right Grill:

  • Consider electric grills (both indoor and outdoor models) as they are easier to control.
  • Gas/propane grills with knob-controlled burners are user-friendly.
  • Charcoal grills are more challenging due to flames and require practice.

Tips and Techniques:

  • Familiarize yourself with the grilling area while it’s cool.
  • Practice flipping food before cooking to gain confidence.
  • Stay by the grill to prevent flare-ups from food juices.
  • Avoid grilling under overhanging branches.
  • Use a long spatula to explore the grill surface.
  • Safely touch the food to assess doneness.

Assistive Products:

  • Consider tools like a double-tonged spatula, super oven gloves, an adjustable slicing knife with a guard, a low vision cutting board, a talking digital cooking thermometer, and a talking timer.

Remember to grill with confidence and enjoy your outdoor cooking experience!

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