VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Welcomes New Executive Director/CEO, Sylvia Stinson-Perez

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sylvia Stinson-Perez as its new Executive Director/CEO, effective February 1, 2024. Sylvia brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment toward our mission of serving the needs of people who are blind or have low vision in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and the Lower Hudson Valley.

With Master’s degrees in Social Work, Visual Disabilities Rehabilitation, and Business Administration, Sylvia has dedicated her career to improving the lives of people with visual impairments. Her vast experience includes leadership roles at the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University, and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). As an inspiring leader and innovative strategist, Sylvia is known for her collaborative approach and advocacy for high-quality vision rehabilitation services, equity, and inclusion. Her lived experience as a person who is blind adds a unique and valuable perspective to her role.

Sylvia’s commitment to our mission extends beyond her professional duties. She serves on the Boards of the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), Success Beyond Sight, and Safe Toddles; As a member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) Organizations and Schools Accreditation Council; And as a content writer and podcast cohost with Bold Blind Beauty and occasionally with Cooking Without Looking. Sylvia is a sought after speaker and presenter.

Outside of work, Sylvia enjoys time with her husband of 30 years, Roger, her adult daughter Olivia, and various hobbies and initiatives, including Daring Sisters, a nonprofit committed to empowering women who are blind.

VISIONS is confident that Sylvia’s leadership will significantly contribute to VISIONS mission and future endeavors, especially as we approach our centennial. Her passion for our vision to help participants “See What is Possible” aligns perfectly with our mission of empowering people who are blind and visually impaired.