Free Services for Blind & Visually Impaired
Since 1926, the nonprofit social service agency VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired has worked with government, foundation and corporate partners to provide free, comprehensive services for people of all ages—most of them residents of New York City—who are legally blind or visually impaired. Those services— which include vision rehabilitation, optical aids and adapted equipment, community outreach, independent-living training, vocational programs, job-placement assistance and support groups—reach approximately 4,000 people each year. VISIONS has programs specifically for children and youths— including an after-school and summer program that offers paid work experience and supervised activities—and specialized programs for adults and seniors. VISIONS also recruits and trains high school volunteers who visit people to help with tasks such as reading and shopping. The organization operates VISIONS at Selis Manor, an adaptive learning environment and community center that provides rehabilitation, recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social services programs and facilities to nearly 800 blind or visually impaired residents of NYC and neighboring counties; and the VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB), a 35- acre residential training and rehab facility for blind and visually impaired children, adults, seniors and their families, most of whom also live in NYC.