What is VISIONS
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a nonprofit vision rehabilitation and social service organization. VISIONS purpose is to develop and implement individualized programs to assist people who are blind and visually impaired of all ages to lead independent and active lives, and to educate the public to understand their capabilities and needs.
Whether working directly in the home or community; at VISIONS at Selis Manor in Manhattan; or at VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB), our fully-accessible residential rehabilitation facility in Rockland County, legally blind participants of all ages living in the five boroughs of NYC, Long Island, Westchester, and the Lower Hudson Valley will receive the highest quality services from our licensed and certified staff.
What Makes VISIONS Programs for Children Stand Out From the Rest?
While teaching children independent living skills, we also work with their families to learn these same skills while blindfolded, in order to support their child’s training when they return home. We understand the fear and doubt families often have about their child’s future: Will they become independent? Will their visual impairment hold them back? By including families in our free programs from the very beginning, they can better understand their child’s needs and celebrate their abilities.
The fear disappears and confidence takes over!
VISIONS Free Services Include:
Vision Rehabilitation Training
Adjustment to Blindness Counseling
Job Training and Job Placement
Virtual Youth and Work Readiness
Assistive Technology Training
Year-Round VCB Family Sessions
VISIONS Center on Aging
BlindLine® Information and Referral Center
Your Support Will:
Provide an adult participant with adaptive technology to succeed at work
Provide a participant with a talking labeler to help them identify items in their home
Provide 70 meals to older adults with visual impairments battling food insecurity
Provide a participant with a new mobility cane for safe and easy navigation
Help a young adult navigate safely in their community with mobility lessons
Provide a participant with a large print alarm clock or a talking watch
Why Support VISIONS
All of the services we offer are free of charge
thanks to government & foundation grants, and private donations
87¢ of every dollar is spent on programs
with only 13¢ spent on administration and fundraising
We offer services in 16 languages
including English, Spanish, Chinese dialects, Russian, and American Sign Language (ASL)
VISIONS Workforce Program remains #1 in New York State
in helping blind/visually impaired people to get jobs, 6 years running!
Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
If you are interested in other ways to support VISIONS, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Other Ways to Donate
- Mail a Check to:
500 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
- Donor Advised Fund
- Gifts of Appreciated Stock
- Qualified Charitable Distributions
- Include VISIONS in your will*
* If you would like to consider naming VISIONS in your will, or making a testamentary gift, simply share the following information with your lawyer:
Legal Name: VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Tax ID: 13-1624210
Address: 500 Greenwich Street, Suite 302, New York, NY 10013
If you have any questions about ways to donate or know of individuals, foundations, or corporations interested in supporting VISIONS, please contact Russell C. Martello, Chief Development Officer at email@example.com
Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Other Ways to Support VISIONS
Join a Borough Advisory Board
Grouped by borough, members of VISIONS Advisory Boards help promote the issues important to the agency, represent VISIONS at community events, assist in raising funds to support the amazing work we do, and help solicit new contributors for our annual fundraising events.
Volunteer at Our Older Adult Center
VISIONS Center on Aging in Manhattan is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers may assist participants with reading mail, and other types of written materials, escorting them in the community for shopping and appointments, and helping in a variety of programs (i.e. quilting, arts & crafts, knitting, photography, ceramics, and technology training).
Help Jobseekers Gain Work Skills
There are many ways to help make a difference in the lives of jobseekers with visual impairments:
- Host an intern
- Host a training
- Be a presenter
- Hire a jobseeker
For more information, contact Heather Hanlon, Senior Director of Workforce Development
"*" indicates required fields