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Insights Newsletter
Issue 17, Winter 2021

  • VISIONS 35th Annual Charity Golf & Tennis Outing
  • Continued Commitment to DEIA
  • Summer Program Spotlights
  • Advisory Board Event Updates
  • Stories You Can't Miss

2021 Spotlight: Jian Shen

“For Jian Shen, VISIONS opened a window for him to see that there are many children out there who are just like him, making strides forward every day. He is not alone.” – Hong Guo (Jian Shen's Mother)

Download Our Latest Annual Report

VISIONS 2020 Annual Report includes a summary of highlights throughout the year, as well as a collection of inspiring stories from participants in different programs.

The report also includes the detailed Fiscal Year 2020 financial statement

In the News: Mastercard Unveils New Cards for Blind and Visually Impaired Users

Mastercard extends its commitment to inclusivity by introducing a new accessible card standard for blind and partially sighted people, called the Touch Card. There are few effective ways for the visually impaired to quickly determine whether they're holding a credit, debit or prepaid card, particularly as more cards move to flat designs without embossed name and numbers. Mastercard is addressing this challenge with a simple yet effective innovation.

In the News: In The News: Special Cane Developed For Young Children With Visual Impairments

VISIONS Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) Tara Olsen worked with one of the recipients of a new innovative cane, developed for children ages 1-5 with visual impairments. Ms. Olsen felt that it gave 3-year-old Jorge Alcantara the opportunity to be independent and free.

In the News: She Went Blind, Then She Danced

In these uncertain times, we can look to our participants to show us there is more to life than the things we are afraid of. Our very own dance instructor Marion Sheppard showcases this in her featured article, "She Went Blind. Then She Danced," by Frank Bruni of The New York Times. In her expose, Marion shares her road through degenerative blindness, and how despite it all, she continued to stay positive, and find joy in dancing, and now encourage others to do the same at VISIONS Center on Aging! “We’re alive! As long as we’re alive, we have to keep moving.”

In the News: Internship Offers Visions of an Independent Future

AIRMONT — On a recent morning, Ebony Chase was busy answering phones and sorting mail in the supervisor's office at Ramapo Town Hall.

The 21-year-old Spring Valley woman was in her second week as an intern through the VISIONS Vocational Rehabilitation Center. She's also written memos, filed documents and learned other clerical skills...

In the News: Brooklyn Woman Overcomes Losing Her Vision To Keep Cooking Christmas Eve Dinner For Family

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Brooklyn woman who lost her eyesight doesn’t let that stop her from making Christmas bright

Cooking is her favorite activity and thanks to a local non-profit she’s still able to do it. She invited CBS2’s Lisa Rozner over to show her how it’s done.

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