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Vision and Hearing Loss Services

Vision Rehabilitation Services

If you are blind or have a visual impairment, vision rehabilitation services can vastly improve your quality of life and help you live more independently. There are many different kinds of vision rehabilitation services available in addition to the eye care provided by your family doctor, ophthalmologist or optometrist. Many of these can be provided at no cost to you if you are legally blind or low-income.

Vision rehabilitation services include:

  • Communication skills: reading, writing, Braille and assistive computer technology.
  • Counseling: to help you, your spouse, family members and friends adjust to your vision loss.
  • Independent living and personal management skills: home management, home modifications, personal self-care, financial management.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Independent movement and travel skills: orientation and mobility training.
  • Low vision evaluation and training with low vision devices.
  • Vocational evaluation and training.

The following organizations provide the vision rehabilitation services described above, and many offer additional special programs for blind and visually impaired seniors. These organizations will send trained professionals to your home to assess your needs and develop a plan of care, which might include visits to their site for specialized training. The organizations are members of the New York City Coalition on Aging and Vision (website under construction).

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is located at 500 Greenwich Street, 3rd floor, in Manhattan. Call 888-245-8333 or 8334.

Lighthouse International is located at 111East 59th Street in Manhattan. Call 212-821-9624.

The Jewish Guild for the Blind is located at 15 West 65th Street in Manhattan. Call 800-284-4422.

Helen Keller Services for the Blind is located at 57 Willoughby Street in Brooklyn. Call 718-522-2122.

Catholic Guild for the Blind is located at 1101 First Avenue, 16th floor, in Manhattan. Call 212-371-1000 or 212-371-2017.

Hearing Loss Services

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you need not resign yourself to diminished quality of life. It’s important to get good, comprehensive testing, to use hearing aids that are right for you and to keep abreast of advances in technology.

Hearing loss services include:

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations.
  • Cochlear implants.
  • Speech and language therapy.
  • Assistive devices (e.g. audio loops).
  • Training on hearing aids, assistive devices.
  • Supportive workshops.
  • Recreational/social activities.

The following organizations are dedicated to helping people with hearing loss and deafness.

The Center for Hearing and Communication is located at 50 Broadway, 6th floor in Manhattan. Call 917-305-7766.

The New York Society for the DEAF FEGS is located at 315 Hudson Street, #4 in Manhattan. Call 212-366-0066.

Hearing Loss Association of America (NY Downstate Chapter) is located at 520 East 20th Street. Apt. 8E. Call 212 – 674-9128.