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Visually Handicapped Services, Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center
Visually Handicapped Services
Detroit Receiving Hospital
4201 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 745-4510 (Local)
(313) 745-4120 (Fax)

Brief Description

VHS provides skills of blindness training for ages 16 through adult and offers training in mobility, braille, computer, low vision aids and kitchen skills. Also performs college assessments for those seeking to go to college.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:15 AM-4:45 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 140
Number of staff: 5
Staff description: 5 full-time, 4 contingent.
Geographic area served: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties.


Karen Arendall, Manager, (313) 745-4510,
Alice Landino, Mobility Instructor

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Evaluates clients' basic skills to determine course of training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers peer counseling and community integration support for seniors.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management and home management. Provides training in the use of computerized speech synthesis, video magnifier, and optical page scanner. Refers for other rehabilitation services. Distributes canes without charge to legally blind persons upon request. Provides commonly used aids and devices to students without charge. Trains clients in use of Newsline for the Blind of Michigan and in use of Detroit Radio Information Service.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers pre-vocational evaluation and career counseling.
  • Information and Referral
    • Shares information and refers to appropriate services.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains library of talking book record and cassette players, talking book cassettes, braille books, braille magazines, and large-print books.
  • Recreation Services
    • Makes arrangements for summer camp attendance.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides assessment in mobility, computer, braille and activities of daily living.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Instruction in reading and producing contracted braille, uncontracted braille, and Nemeth Code.
    • Provides instruction in braille, handwriting, and typing.
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