You have reached the Mitten Phone Chapter, a virtual
chapter of the Michigan Council Of The Blind and Visually Impaired, an affiliate of the American Council Of the Blind. Our mission is to support independence, quality of life and equality for individuals who are blind and visually impaired through advocacy.
The Mitten Phone Chapter gives our members at large or who are unable to participate in a local chapter a venue to share concerns and to do the work of the state organization, The Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the National organization, The American Council of the Blind. We support the mission and activities of our state affiliate and national organization, such as accessible voting machines, accessible absentee voting, and safety with accessible prescription labeling.
We provide support to those who are newly blind and their families as well as to those who are currently members.
We support parents of blind children or blind parents who are raising children. We provide encouragement and include people with other disabilities, where blindness is a part, such as hearing impairments, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or other disabling conditions.
We are a diverse group of individuals who advocate for the equality of people who are blind and visually impaired. We encourage members to be active in local, state, and national issues impacting the independence, and quality of life for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.
We meet by zoom or phone conference when directed. The meeting schedule can be found by clicking on the meetings and events link.
consider becoming a member and click here, where you will find the ability to pay your MCBVI/ACB and Mitten Phone Chapter dues. Mitten Phone Chapter dues are $10 and MCBVI/ACB dues are $10. Please fill out the membership form here if you are joining MCBVI for the first time. Already a member? To pay your dues, click here.
Our state organization has our own internet radio station and you are invited to listen at any time by clicking on the MCBVI Radio www.mcbvi-radio.com and there you will find the listening schedule and all information about our radio station as well as a link to listen.
Our Annual State Convention is being held in October 2023 via virtual conference this year due to the Coronavirus. See the Meetings and Events page for more information.
Beginning in March 2023, the Mitten Phone Chapter will begin offering small grants as a result of our fund-raising efforts. The purpose of the grant money is to purchase items that will increase independence for our members who are blind and visually impaired. If you are a member in good standing of the Mitten Phone Chapter and wish to apply for a grant, complete either the Word document or Google form using the links provided.
Google docs https://forms.gle/TreniHw5UmdPCRxw6
Our grant committee will consider your application and notify you within 30 days of the status of your application. If it is accepted, our treasurer will send you a check for the amount you requested, but no more than $100.00. You will then submit a copy of your purchased item receipt to our treasurer within 60 days.
Please send the receipt copy to:
or US mail:
2088 Parslow Dr., Apt. 133
Muskegon, MI 49441
The Grant committee will accept applications each year from January through November 10th.
If you have questions or wish to apply by phone, call Diane Scalzi at(313) 744-3488.
Please consider donating to the Michigan Mitten Phone Chapter by clicking on the donate button below.
The Michigan Council Of The Blind And Visually Impaired web site can be reached by clicking here.