May 13, 2015

Kellogg forms new alliance with the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Alliance to improve care for individuals with severe vision loss

Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Mich—The University of Michigan W.K. Kellogg Eye Center and the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ABVI) have created a unique alliance to improve access and rehabilitation services for individuals who are visually impaired. Kellogg and ABVI will work together in the areas of professional education, research in low vision evaluation and rehabilitation, and patient care. 

“We need to expand services to accommodate the growing number of people suffering from vision loss,” says Kellogg Director and Chair Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D. “This collaboration will build off the strengths of both organizations.” Richard Stevens, Executive Director of ABVI, added, “We both hope to improve our center-based and community-based services and, in turn, improve access to services for patients with visual impairment.” 

The organizations are planning a joint event on October 7, 2015 in Grand Rapids to share information with the community about their work and their latest research in restoring vision.

Kellogg is home to the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology, which was established in 1872 and is part of the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan Health System. Kellogg serves 148,000 patients each year at its main location in Ann Arbor and its eight community offices. Kellogg’s purpose is to improve lives through curing, preventing, and treating eye disease.

ABVI offers rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1913, it serves over 1,000 West Michigan clients each year.  ABVI helps those living with low vision or blindness to thrive in a sighted world.

Media Contacts

Kellogg: Aimee Bergquist,, 734.763.4660
ABVI: Richard Stevens,, 616.458.1187

Last Modified: Thursday, 02-Jul-2015 14:32:17 EDT