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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Alphapointe

    Kansas City, MO, USA
    Project Title: A New Vision for People who are Blind in NYC Website: https://www.alphapointe.org

    About the Grantee

    Alphapointe aims to empower people with vision loss to live, work and be independent.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite certain renovation, equipment, and training costs associated with Alphapointe-NYC’s move to a new building

    Amount

    $700,000.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment

    Binghamton, NY, USA
    Project Title: AVRE Comprehensive Media Campaign Website: http://www.avreus.org

    About the Grantee

    AVRE is a private, non-profit organization that creates opportunities for success and independence with people who are blind or visually impaired.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support a multi-media advertising and community outreach campaign to enable Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment to recruit and serve more people who are blind needing employment and/or independent living skills training and earn more revenue in doing so

    Amount

    $200,000.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2017
    Education

    Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program

    Multiple Locations
    Project Title: Collegiate Scholarships Website: https://lavellefund.org/scholarship-program-2/

    About the Grantee

    The Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program for the Blind (formerly, the Lavelle Fund College Scholarship Program) aims to help make quality undergraduate and graduate education affordable for U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and attending any of 12 selected private colleges in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut. The program is currently authorized to admit new students through June 30, 2019.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide financial assistance to U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needed, and studying at any of 12 partnering private colleges and universities located in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut (Phase 3)

    Amount

    $320,443.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Utica, NY, USA
    Project Title: Launching Medical Model Vision Rehabilitation Services Website: https://www.cabvi.org

    About the Grantee

    CABVI operates as a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, offering comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To launch in-house physical therapy and occupational therapy services and strengthen and expand adaptive sports services for Utica/Central New York area residents of all ages who are blind and visually impaired

    Amount

    $472,953.00

    Term

    18 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    City Access New York, Inc.

    Staten Island, NY, USA
    Project Title: Career Development Project Website: http://www.cityaccessny.org

    About the Grantee

    City Access New York promotes lifelong access to educational, vocational and cultural programs for New Yorkers of all abilities as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that identifies barriers to participation, in schools and in the community, and adapts the content and delivery of programs to the diverse needs of people with disabilities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite pre-vocational education, orientation and mobility training, and at least two paid, semester- or summer-long internships at partner New York City employers for high school and college students who are blind

    Amount

    $348,739.15

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Columbia University

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: First Conference on Tele-Ophthalmology Website: https://www.columbiaeye.org

    About the Grantee

    Columbia University’s Department of Ophthalmology aims to be the leading international center for innovative clinical care of eye disorders, to advance medical knowledge through cutting-edge research, and to train the leaders of tomorrow in ophthalmology and vision science.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the first conference on tele-ophthalmology in New York City

    Amount

    $27,000.00

    Term

    1 month

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital

    Daryaganj, Delhi, India
    Project Title: Developing a scalable and replicable model for training Allied Eye Health Personnel (AEHP) Website: http://www.sceh.net

    About the Grantee

    SCEH is committed to making a lasting impact on the eradication of blindness and deafness in North India, and to be of the best tertiary Eye and ENT care institution in North India by providing quality care to people across all economic sections of the society.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To establish a scalable and replicable training model for mid-level eye care professionals that, by placing more such trained clinicians at Dr. Shroff’s and other North Indian eye hospitals, will help increase the volume, efficiency, accessibility, and sustainability of eye care in the region’s high-need settings

    Amount

    $679,116.00

    Term

    48 Months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. (E.A.R.S.)

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. Sustainability Project Website: http://www.earsforeyes.info

    About the Grantee

    E.A.R.S. is a nonprofit public charity, providing, free of charge, audio lessons that teach adaptive daily living skills to the vision impaired and their caregivers.

    Purpose of the Grant

    (1) to provide general, unrestricted support for E.A.R.S’s vision rehabilitation services for seniors who are blind or visually impaired and reside in New York City or Westchester County and (2) to enable E.A.R.S to identify and forge a contingent affiliation or merger agreement with a NYC-based agency that would be able and willing – both programmatically and financially – to sustain E.A.R.S. services after its founding President and Executive Director retire

    Amount

    $51,000.00

    Term

    18 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Eye Samaritans International

    Shreveport, LA, USA
    Project Title: Eradicating ROP in Ukraine and Armenia Website: http://eyesamaritans.org

    About the Grantee

    Eye Samaritans International was formed in 2012, which now helps and advocates ROP treatment in nine countries including Russia. Money raised helps educate ophthalmologists, neonatologists, and nurses on how they can change the staggering statistics of blindness in children.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the training and equipping of doctors and nurses in the Ukraine and Armenia to diagnose, prevent, and treat potentially blinding Retinopathy of Prematurity in premature infants

    Amount

    $111,000.00

    Term

    12 months
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

    Cassville, NY, USA
    Project Title: Providing More Guide Dogs to Blind and Visually-Impaired People Website: https://freedomguidedogs.org

    About the Grantee

    Started by husband and wife team, Eric & Sharon Loori, over 25 years ago, they run a state-of-the-art kennel facility with all the amenities to make guide dogs as comfortable as possible, and structured for training staff. They placed 40 guide dogs in 2017.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide general operating support for Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Northeast’s lowest-cost provider of guide dogs for people who are blind

    Amount

    $360,000.00

    Term

    48 Months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Helen Keller International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Scaling up Diabetic Retinopathy Services in Bangladesh, Phase II (SDRS2) Website: http://hki.org

    About the Grantee

    Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world’s vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the second phase of an initiative to scale up diabetic retinopathy diagnostic and treatment services in Bangladesh

    Amount

    $512,397.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Helen Keller Services for the Blind

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Project Title: Summer Adolescent Vocational Experience Website: https://www.helenkeller.org

    About the Grantee

    Since 1893, Helen Keller Services (HKS) has been committed to improving the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired or have combined hearing and vision loss.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support a new summer sleep-away camp devoted to building independent living and pre-vocational skills in Long Island youth, ages 10-15, who are legally blind

    Amount

    $284,495.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Kupona Foundation

    Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
    Project Title: Ensuring the sustainability of quality, specialist ophthalmology services in Tanzania Website: http://kuponafoundation.org

    About the Grantee

    Kupona Foundation is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare to those who need it most in Tanzania.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support Seva Canada in helping Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT): (1) undertake needs assessment and planning work for its eye division and (2) define an actionable business plan for reaching and serving much larger numbers of lower income people who need eye care

    Amount

    $35,200.00

    Term

    4 months

    Grant Regions

    Africa, International
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Kupona Foundation

    Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
    Project Title: Ensuring the sustainability of quality, specialist ophthalmology services in Tanzania – Phase 2 Website: http://kuponafoundation.org

    About the Grantee

    Kupona Foundation is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare to those who need it most in Tanzania.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support Kupona Foundation’s Tanzanian affiliate CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania) in using Aravind-like hospital-improvement strategies to increase the volume, efficiency, affordability, and sustainability of CCBRT eye care services

    Amount

    $451,991.00

    Term

    30 months

    Grant Regions

    Africa, International
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    2017
    Education

    National Braille Press

    Boston, MA, USA
    Project Title: ReadBooks! New York State Expansion Project Website: http://www.nbp.org

    About the Grantee

    National Braille Press supports a lifetime of opportunity for blind children through braille literacy, and provides access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To scale up the distribution of braille literacy bags to New York State families with children aged 0 to 7 who are blind

    Amount

    $162,303.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Inc. (NABA)

    Albany, NY, USA
    Project Title: Afterschool and Summer Programs for Youth who are Blind or Visually Impaired Website: https://naba-vision.org

    About the Grantee

    NABA provides a wide range of services to individuals with visual impairments, including training and placing legally blind adults in professional employment, and providing rehabilitation services to seniors with age-related vision loss. NABA, with over a century of experience, continues to help individuals overcome the challenges of vision loss, enabling them to lead more productive, independent lives. NABA also provides free vision screening for children 18 months to 4 years old through our KidSight Program.

    Purpose of the Grant

    (1) To help enrich and expand NABA’s existing afterschool and summer programs for youth who are blind and (2) to launch a small but growing pilot program to advance the full integration of NABA youth into mainstream afterschool and school programs that generally serve sighted youth

    Amount

    $253,350.00

    Term

    42 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Olmsted Center for Sight

    Buffalo, NY, USA
    Project Title: Planning for a Multi-Site Upstate New York Jobs Initiative Website: http://olmstedcenter.org

    About the Grantee

    The Olmsted Center for Sight aims to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve their highest level of independence.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite initial planning work, including coordinating meetings among Olmsted Center for Sight, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Helen Keller Services for the Blind, for a new Lavelle Fund / Blind Employers Network of New York (“BENNY”) Initiative to advance placement in competitive jobs that pay more than New York State minimum wage

    Amount

    $13,000.00

    Term

    1 month

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Rutgers University Foundation

    Brunswick, NJ, USA
    Project Title: A Peer Support Mental Health Program for People Living with Blindness or Low Vision Website: http://www.support.rutgers.edu

    About the Grantee

    Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation advances Rutgers’ pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. The foundation provide sthe bridge between donors and the schools and programs, faculty, and students that make up this university to help to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on Rutgers.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) in launching a peer tele-support mental health program for New York City and Northern New Jersey residents who are blind or visually impaired

    Amount

    $365,604.00

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2017
    Medical Eye Care

    Seva Foundation

    Berkeley, CA, USA
    Project Title: Expanding Quality Training for Allied Ophthalmic Personnel in Latin America Website: http://www.seva.org

    About the Grantee

    Seva works with local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To expand the capacity of two mentor eye clinics in Latin America to train current and aspiring Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (“AOP’s”) at the mentor clinics, themselves, and to support the mentors in helping at least 10 mentee eye care groups in Latin America build their own capacity to train AOP’s

    Amount

    $428,937.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    The Research Foundation for SUNY

    Brockport, NY, USA
    Project Title: A New Vision for People who are Blind in NYC Website: http://www.campabilities.org

    About the Grantee

    Camp Abilities Brockport aims to empower children and teens with visual impairments to be physically active and productive members of their schools, towns, cities, and communities, as well as to improve the health and well-being of people with sensory impairments.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To recruit and train a combined total of 725 NYS-based K-12 students who are blind and visually impaired, physical education teachers and coaches, and parents in safely and effectively including these students in adaptive sports and physical education in camp and school programs

    Amount

    $299,926.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2017
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: VISIONS Staff Capacity Building in Cortical Visual Impairment Website: https://www.visionsvcb.org

    About the Grantee

    Started by six women in 1926 and pioneered racially integrated programs in the early 1920’s,VISIONS is a 501c3 nonprofit rehabilitation and social service agency celebrating over 90 years of service, assisting people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities, and educating the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind or visually impaired so that they may be integrated into all aspects of community life.

     

    Purpose of the Grant

    To build the proficiency of VISIONS’ rehabilitation professionals and select non-VISIONS teachers and rehabilitation specialists in serving children who have Cortical Visual Impairment (“CVI”) and their families – and then to support the delivery of such services

    Amount

    $300,000.00

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2016
    Education

    Benetech Initiative

    Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Project Title: Bookshare: Building Human Capital at Specific Stages of Life Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired in New York City Website: https://benetech.org

    About the Grantee

    Benetech continues to be a nonprofit—with a pure focus on developing software for social good. More than two decades after our founding, we’ve grown to include multiple program areas and initiatives that provide software to improve—even transform—the lives of people all across the world.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To increase dramatically the availability and use of accessible books and print materials for people with visual disabilities in New York City, including especially such underserved populations as college students, veterans, and other working-age adults

    Amount

    $525,000.00

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2016
    Education

    Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program

    Multiple Locations
    Project Title: Collegiate Scholarships Website: https://lavellefund.org/scholarship-program-2/

    About the Grantee

    The Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program for the Blind (formerly, the Lavelle Fund College Scholarship Program) aims to help make quality undergraduate and graduate education affordable for U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and attending any of 12 selected private colleges in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut. The program is currently authorized to admit new students through June 30, 2019.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide financial assistance to U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needed, and studying at any of 12 partnering private colleges and universities located in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut (Phase 3)

    Amount

    $414,563.00

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2016
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Deafblind Citizens in Action

    San Diego, CA, USA
    Project Title: Leadership Development Program for Young Adults who are Deafblind Website: https://dbcitizens.org

    About the Grantee

    As a disability rights organization, DeafBlind Citizens in Action (DBCA) strives for a better world for all, and founded by young deafblind adults.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support two successive six-person cadres of young adults who are deafblind in developing their own leadership and self-advocacy skills by communicating to relevant federal policymakers about the education, employment, and technology accessibility needs of Americans who are deafblind

    Amount

    $76,000.00

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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