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Blind and Low Vision

The following links will take you to information about a variety of services of benefit to the blind and low vision.

Guide Dog Schools
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Toll Free Phone: (800) 942-0149
Phone: (914) 245-4024
Website: www.guidingeyes.org

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Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind, Inc.
371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, New York 11787
Toll-free: (800) 548-4337
Email: info@guidedog.org
Website: www.guidedog.org

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The Seeing Eye Inc.
10 Washington Valley Rd.
P.O. Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07963
Phone: (973) 539-4425
Fax: (973) 539-0922
info@seeingeye.org
Website: www.seeingeye.org

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The New York City National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
NYC-NAPVI is an organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, in the New York City area.

NYC-NAPVI provides leadership, support and training to assist parents in helping their children reach their full potential.

NYC-NAPVI dedicated to:

Providing Emotional Support
Initiating Outreach Programs
Networking
Advocating for Educational Needs and  welfare of children who are blind or have visual impairments

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FamilyConnect
FamilyConnect is a website created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) to give parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and find resources on raising their children to adulthood.  Content is available in English and Spanish.

Visit www.familyconnect.org today to find the support you need to raise your child.

Jeannette Christie
999 Pelham Parkway
Bronx, NY 10469
O 718-519-7000 ext: 127
F  718-655-0230
Email: Christiej@lighthouseguild.org
www.napvi.org

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Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
Voice 1 (212) 625-1616
Fax (212) 219-4078
www.visionsvcb.org/visions

VISIONS is a non-profit agency that promotes the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired.

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Helen Keller Services for the Blind
57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5211
Voice 1 (718) 522-2122
Fax (718) 935-9463
www.helenkeller.org

Provides community rehabilitation services, senior day centers, pre-school programs, day treatment programs, social services, adaptive low-vision clinic, and audiological services.

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NYS Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) 
270 Broadway, 5th Floor, Room 528
New York, NY 10007-2383
Voice 1 (212) 825-5710
TTY (212) 961-4444
Fax (212) 417-4627
www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/cbvh

The mission of the New York State Commission for the Blind is to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind.

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The Lighthouse International 
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Voice 1 (212) 821-9200
TTY (212) 821-9713
Fax (212) 821-9707
E-mail: info@lighthouse.org
www.lighthouse.org

Assists persons of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to lead independent and productive lives. Services include:

  • The Print Access Center: Makes printed materials accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted. Braille transcription can be produced rapidly from computer disks. Volunteers record material onto cassette tapes in fully equipped recording booths. A general interest library stocks a complete selection of reading materials in audio, Braille, and large-print formats.
  • Career Services for Adults: Assists individuals in formulating career plans, secure first jobs, and maintain current employment. The Lighthouse educates employers regarding effective and inexpensive techniques for workplace modifications.
  • Life Skills for Adults: Includes a full range of programs fostering independence for adults who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Low Vision Clinical Care: A low-vision exam is the first step for new Lighthouse consumers and is provided by specially trained optometrists or ophthalmologists. The goal is to help people with partial sight function more independently by prescribing optical devices, lighting strategies and other techniques, to make use of remaining vision.
  • Counseling: Assists individuals and their families to cope with depression and other emotions associated with vision loss. Individual and group sessions are available.
  • Independent Living Training: Focuses on lifestyle changes and adaptations that increase or maintain the ability to function at home, work, and in the community. Methods for managing shopping, cooking, childcare and other daily living tasks are included. Individual sessions in the home are available for frail adults, and group classes are provided at all seven Lighthouse locations. Orientation and mobility training is conducted by specialists who teach specific strategies, including the use of a cane, and moving safely both indoors and outdoors despite impaired vision. Using residual vision auditory cues or a cane, people with serious vision impairments can learn to safely navigate stairs, street corners, busy sidewalks, bus stops, subway cars, office corridors, etc.
  • The Music School: Offers individual and group instruction in a range of wind, string, percussion, and brass instruments, as well as vocal performance instruction. The curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of students who are blind or partially sighted, and to give them the skills they will need to participate in mainstream musical settings. The Music School presents a full season of concerts held both in the community and at Lighthouse Headquarters in Manhattan.

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Regional Offices:

Queens
118-29 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Voice 1 (718) 997-4000
Fax (718) 997-4047

White Plains
44 Church Street
White Plains, NY 10601

Bronx Outreach
350 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10467
Voice 1 (718) 920-0730
Fax (212) 821-9743

Poughkeepsie
110 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Voice 1 (914) 473-2660
Fax (914) 473-7350

Staten Island/Brooklyn
1122 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Brooklyn (718) 421-1280
Staten Island (718) 816-9777
Fax (718) 421-4002

Medford (Long Island)
1731 North Ocean Avenue
Medford, NY 11767

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The Jewish Guild for the Blind 
15 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Voice 1 (212) 769-6200; (800) 284-4422
Fax (212) 769-6266
www.guildhealth.org

The Guild provides a wide range of services from birth to adulthood, such as Early Intervention, pre-school, education, communication skills, rehabilitation, medical and vision services, adult day care, residential care, and volunteer and library cassette programs.

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Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF)

  • Medical rehabilitation services designed to meet the needs of persons with visual impairments.
  • Physical, speech, and occupational therapy.
  • Rehabilitation, nursing, social work, and psychiatry.

The Guild School: Provides a specialized learning environment for students 5 to 21 who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind with developmental disabilities.

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Rehabilitation Services

  • Orientation and mobility training, assistance with activities of daily living.
  • Counseling, vocational assessment and training, and job placement.

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Medical and Vision Services

  • Diagnostic and Treatment Center providing intensive short-term restorative therapies and diabetic education.
  • Low Vision Services at the Estelle R. Newman Center, provides low-vision evaluation, visual aids, and training.

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Residential Care

  • The Guild Home for Aged Blind: A skilled nursing and health-related facility in Yonkers for visually impaired and blind elderly individuals.
  • The Newman Center for Alzheimer Care: A skilled nursing unit of the Home for visually impaired persons with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Center for AIDS Care: Offers an inpatient nursing facility for AIDS patients who require residential care. There is also an outpatient Day Health Care Program for persons with AIDS who live in surrounding communities.

Guild Net: provides case management and vision and health-related services to visually impaired elderly residents of New York State. The program reduces unduly long hospital stays, expedites the transfer from hospital to community-based facilities, and helps blind and visually impaired persons lead independent lives.

The Guild’s Day Treatment Program: Provides ongoing treatment for visually impaired persons with psychiatric diagnoses as well as for deaf/blind persons who are cognitively impaired.

The Guild’s Psychiatric Clinic: Specializes in treating the emotional impact of blindness. It offers a variety of diagnostic and treatment services, and support groups for blind and visually impaired persons and their families.

Volunteer Services: Volunteers act as escorts, serve lunch, perform clerical tasks, record tapes, and write letters.

The Guild Cassette Library: One of the world’s largest private circulating collections of taped literature for visually impaired people. The library currently lists 1,600 unabridged alts, including best-selling works of fiction and nonfiction.

IN TOUCH Networks: The Guild’s national radio reading service for blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped people is on the air 24 hours a day.

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Regional Office:

GuildcareTM (Estelle R. Newman City Center)
15 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023-6601
Voice 1 (212) 769-7847
Fax (212) 769-6266

Provides diagnostic evaluation and short-term comprehensive rehabilitation, as well as personal adjustment training, job preparation, and placement for deaf-blind youth and adults 18 years of age and older. Many of the services are residential. There is a tuition fee.

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Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
40 W. 20th Street
New York, NY 10012-4211
Voice 1 (212) 206-5400; 24-hour answering machine (212) 206-5425
TTY (212) 206-5458
Fax (212) 206-5418
www.nypl.org/locations/heiskell

This barrier-free branch of the New York City Public Library provides comfortable reading rooms, large collections of specially-formatted materials, audio playback equipment for listening to recorded books and magazines, and a variety of other electronic reading aids. The Library has a children’s room and a meeting room for concerts, lectures, and other special events. Also operates an extensive mailing program that delivers thousands of recorded and Braille books a day. The books are shipped free of charge, as part of a federal program established by the Library of Congress.

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Computer Center for Visually Impaired People at Baruch College 
151 East 25th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Voice 1 (646) 312-1420
Fax (646) 312-1421
E-mail: judith_gerber@baruch.cuny.edu
www.baruch.cuny.edu/ccvip

Services offered include:
  • Computer Training
    Computer courses for people who are blind or visually impaired.
    Courses include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Surfing the 'Net. Students learn to use the keyboard rather than a mouse to navigate the computer which can make it possible for them to email, shop on-line,or create documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
    There is a monthly open house that features a hands-on demonstration of computers equipped with screen magnifiers to enlarge print and screen readers which "tell" the student what is on the screen. Entrance seminars are designed to help students to assess their skills and select appropriate courses. Instruction is available for beginners as well as experienced computer users. Class material is provided in large print, Braille or tape depending on the needs of students.
  • Braille/Large Print Production
    Production of short documents in alternate formats (Braille, large print).
  • Training and Consultation
    Consultations to identify the most appropriate assistive technologies for customer needs. Training for teachers and personnel of organizations serving blind or visually impaired people on how to use assistive technology. Produces and distributes A Practical Guide to Accommodating People with Visual Impairments in the Workplace.

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