2019 NFB of Michigan Exhibitors

Friday, November 8, 1-6 PM

Where: Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport

5700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546


White Cane Sponsors


HIMS, Inc.

4616 W Howard Lane, Suite 960

Austin, TX 78728


Website:  www.hims-inc.com

Email:  earle@hims-inc.com


HIMS, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributer that has provided braille, magnification and accessible healthcare devices since 1999. At HIMS, Inc. innovation is driven by feedback from customers and employees. The company strives to enhance the lives of our customers, by providing tools designed to increase productivity and independence. Our US headquarters is located in Austin, Texas and is responsible for all of our North American operations including sales, support and repair of all HIMS products. We are proud to employ blind and visually impaired individuals at all levels domestically and overseas. image We are committed to providing high-quality products that meet the needs of our customers at work, school and home, but our commitment goes much farther than this. We continuously strive to lead the way in new product development. It is the success of our customers in personal and professional ventures that provides the inspiration for our new products. In many cases, our innovations are the direct result of feedback from customers, teachers, parents and colleagues.



1 UPS Way P.O. Box 800

Champlain, NY 12919


Website: www.humanware.com

Email: info@humanware.com


HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare's inspirational vision has resulted in a range of highly intuitive and intelligent solutions that empower people who are blind or with low vision by giving them the independence to participate effectively within a sighted world.


Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 445 S Curtis Rd

West Allis, WI  53214


Website: www.ibvi.org

Email: michele.repischak@ibvi.org


IBVI is a leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial office supplies, furniture and customized kitting products.  Fifty-one percent of our employees are blind or visually impaired.  We are looking for amazing people to join our team.


Other Exhibitors


A. T. Guys

PO Box 51446

Kalamazoo, MI 49005


Website: www.atguys.com

Email: support@atguys.com


Providing affordable access technology for mobile phones and other cool gadgets. Check out the new BlindShell accessible cell phone, the Braille Me low-cost braille display, Aftershokz headsets, and much more. Also available for training and consulting.


Able Zone, Inc

3456 Rochester Rd

Troy, MI 48083


Website: www.ablezone.com

Email: gargagklf@yahoo.com


Ablezone, Inc is a retail store in Troy, Michigan handling products for the Visually impaired and blind.  Mostly the technology includes video magnifiers, hand held magnifiers, reading machines, Braille devices, assorted talking products, lighting and a number of other independent living aids.


Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

201 N Washington Sq

Lansing, MI  48933


Website: www.michigan.gov/bsbp

Email: gastond@michigan.gov


The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons is a state and federally funded agency providing the following services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired:  Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living, Pre-Employment Transition Services, Youth Low Vision, Business Enterprise Program, Braille and Talking Book Library, Business Services and the Residential Training Facility.


Capital Region Chapter National Federation of the Blind of Michigan

1212 N Foster Avenue

Lansing, MI 48912

517-256-5575 number:

Email: f.wurtzel@att.net


We are having a guessing game fundraiser where contestants gues number of items in a jar for a fee.  The proceeds of the game will be split 50/50 with person closest to number.


E. M. VITU,  Inc.

299 Peterson Rd

Libertyville, IL  60048


Email: evitu@flash.net


E. M. VITU, Inc. is a distributor of assistive technology for persons with visual impairment, including blindness.  We offer access to print and electronic data using enlargement, speech and/or refreshable Braille output.  We also do hand held and desktop CCTV’s and Braille embossers. 


Guide Dogs for the Blind

350 Los Ranchitos Rd

San Rafael, CA 94903


Website: www.guidedogs.com

Email: pberman@guidedogs.com


Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is an industry-leading guide dog school; serving people who are blind or low vision from throughout the United States and Canada For more then 77 years. All services for our clients are provided free of charge, including personalized training and extensive post-graduation support.


Kalamazoo Chapter of the NFB of Michigan

503 S Westnedge Ave. #4

Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Email: Taylor.E.Arndt@wmich.edu


The Kalamazoo chapter of the NFB of Michigan aims to improve the opportunities , equality, and security for the blind residents of the Kalamazoo and Portage region of Michigan. The Kalamazoo Chapter is Selling NFBMi 50th Anniversary Shot Glasses and  Raffle Tickets for an $20 Uber  Gift Card.


Leader Dogs for the Blind

1039 S Rochester Rd

Rochester Hills, MI 48307-3115


Website: LeaderDog.org

Email: LeaderDog@LeaderDog.org


Founded in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind has proudly provided over 16,000 clients with independent travel skills. Our mission is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel. All services are provided free of charge to clients.


Lions District 11-B1 Winter Camp for the Blind

10160 South M-37                         

Dowling, MI.  49050


Website:  Facebook @11B1WinterCamp        

Email:  rogerbosse@att.net


Winter Camp for the Blind is a weekend getaway for Blind and Visually Impaired adults, ages 18 and up.    The camp takes place at Clear Lake Camp, operated by the Battle Creek Public Schools.  Dates for 2020 are February 7 to February 9.  The camp is sponsored by the Lions Clubs of District 11-B1.  Campers enjoy indoor and outdoor activities in a beautiful lodge and wooded setting.  Lots of nature, fun and fellowship.  Cost to attend is $45.



6763 Heatheridge Dr.

Saline, MI 48176-9230


Website: www.lookingbus.com

Email: contactus@lookingbus.com


LookingBus develops smart city technology to improve transportation services for people with disabilities. The LookingBus system includes smart bus-stops that work in synchrony with multiple software applications to alert drivers of riders with disabilities at their upcoming stops and when the riders need to get off the bus.


Michigan Association of Blind students (MiABS)

503 S. Westnedge Ave #4

Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Website: www.nfbmi.org

Email: Robert.E.Parsons@wmich.edu


The Michigan Association of Blind Students is a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan, instilled with the philosophy of the Federation in its attempt to empower and advocate for the rights, responsibilities, and progression of blind students in the state.

The student division is selling the following items: 1. Mini Baked Loaves, 2. Cookies, 3. Cream Puffs, 4. 50/50 Raffle Tickets.


Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach

702 West Kalamazoo Street

Lansing, MI 48909


Website: www.mdelio.org

Email: salyerm1@michigan.gov, lovep@michigan.gov


The Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) provides support and services to students who are blind/visually impaired (BVI) and/or Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH), their families, schools, and districts. Our goal is to collaborate with local districts, inter-agency offices, community agencies, and national organizations to enhance accessibility and quality programs/services for students with visual impairments or who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, including those with multiple impairments.


Michigan Parents of children with Visual Impairment (MPVI)

3678 Lantern Lane

Fort Gratiot, MI 48059



Email: jessicaburt@mpviweb.org


Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments is a non-profit organization comprised of families who are raising young people who are Blind and Visually Impaired. We strive to help families with support, information, advocacy, and events that are fun, educational, and practical. We can help answer questions about Individual Education Plans (IEP), what to expect from a child’s school and from your child, and how to raise a child who is blind or visually impaired to be as independent as possible.


NFB Detroit Chapter


Email: detroit@nfbmi.org


The Detroit chapter will be selling cell phone lanyards and snack bags.


Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind

4175 Westbrook Road

Ionia, MI 48846


Website: www.oubmichigan.org

Email: gwen@oubmichigan.org


Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind offers summer camps for children and youth who are blind or have low vision.  We focus on skill building, self-confidence and independence.  We teach cooking, gardening, and social skills and have a lot of fun swimming, hiking, rock climbing, campfires and more!


SASS/Birding by Ear and Beyond.

33797 W Jefferson

Rockwood, MI 48173


Email: youth@nfbmi.org


Programs which provide a sensory experience to explore, engage in, and embrace the natural world as well as STEAM education.