VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB)
Previously known as the Vacation Camp for the Blind, VCB was founded over 90 years ago in Westchester County, New York by a group of trailblazing women who recognized that services and accommodations for visually impaired and blind people were virtually nonexistent.
At A Glance
specially designed to encourage freedom of movement and independence
Ahead of its Time
the first in the area to offer racially integrated programming in the 1930s
Encourage social interaction and networking between participants, and provide opportunities for independence through creative and enjoyable outlets
We are more than welcome to give you a tour and show you everything we have to offer at our facility! For the most recent an up to date copy of our program schedule and to apply for services use one of the following links:
In 1951, VISIONS purchased our beautiful 37.5-acre property, located in Rockland County, New York. Once known as the Vacation Camp for the Blind, we are now known as VISIONS Center on Blindness to reflect our expanded service offerings, has a multitude of opportunities for learning, recreation and community. And, VISIONS was one of the first in the area to offer racially integrated programming in the 1930s.
Amenities such as a heated swimming pool, lake, hiking trails, tandem bikes and a bowling alley are just some of the special features offered for our attendees.
Program activities encourage social interaction and networking between participants, provide opportunities for independence through creative and enjoyable outlets, orientation to new surroundings, physical activities, group experiences, skill development and support.
VCB is specially designed to encourage freedom of movement and independence. Porches and lounges offer cozy spots to relax and make new friends. Cottages are available for families and sighted siblings to create a comfortable environment where parents can participate with other families to learn how to care for their children, and discover the range of rehabilitation services available to their child.
Operating on a year-round schedule, the VCB hosts weekend and summer programs for adults, children, caregivers and families living with severe visual impairment and/or blindness. Serving over 600 participants every year, VCB's adapted activities encourage physical fitness, health and wellness. Some popular activities include swimming, pedal boating, fishing, bocce, mini golf, crafts, nature, music, dance, yoga, exercise, walking, talent shows and audio-described movies. Vision rehabilitation instruction includes adaptive independent living skills, orientation and mobility, cooking classes and computer technology. We also offer day trips such as dinner theater shows, shopping, and apple picking, just to name a few.
Program participants must be visually impaired and be able to show proof of vision loss if they are new attendees. Children under the age of 18 and all attendees who need assistance taking medication MUST fill out a medical form, signed by their primary care doctor. Visually impaired/blind participants are welcome to bring a caregiver, friend, family member, and/or children!
All walkways are paved. Guide rails border every path and the ramps leading to dormitories and other facilities. Specially trained staff are always on site to help those who need one-to-one support. For those who may be wheelchair users or who have limited physical mobility, one of our dorms has a lift for wheelchairs; and many have ramps. Bathrooms are also accessible in most areas for wheelchair users. Nursing is available during our week-long programs at mealtimes to help those who need medication support.
For those who have a guide dog they are, of course, welcome.
Although we suggest participants make a donation in whichever denomination they can afford to help offset our costs, VISIONS does not turn anyone away based on their ability to pay.
VCB Family Weeks
During the month of August, VCB hosts 3, 1-week residential Family Week sessions. Family weeks allow children with vision loss to participate in vision rehabilitation training with other children with vision loss, while parents and families participate in group counseling sessions and receive valuable resources and opportunities to socialize with like-minded parents.
Family Weeks Include:
Rehabilitation and Recreation, where children 6-9 learn valuable, independent skills for everyday life, such as making snacks and money management.
First Steps, a first dive into vision rehabilitation for children 0-5, and children with multiple disabilities including Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) through age 21.
Teens & Tweens, an exploration of pre-vocational skills through team building exercises and group activities for children 10-13.
Ready to Get Started?
VISIONS Center on Blindness programs are free to individuals sponsored by the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB). To request more information, including information on how to register with the NYSCB to begin taking utilizing these programs, please contact Steph Esteves, VCB Residential Programs Manager by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 845-354-3003, ext. 302