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    2021
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    Adaptive Design Association, Inc.

    New York, NY
    Project Title: Expansion of ADA’s Tangible Symbol Cue Set Website: http://www.adaptivedesign.org/

    About the Grantee

    Adaptive Design Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which creates custom adaptations for children with disabilities. The group utilizes tri-wall cardboard and other sustainable materials to meet children’s equipment needs. Products include tangible symbol cues, customized positioning systems, and customized work surfaces.

    Purpose of the Grant

    For the Expansion of ADA’s Tangible Symbol Cue Set project.

    Amount

    $15,100

    Term

    12

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area, Upstate NY
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    2021
    Education

    American Foundation for the Blind

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Ensuring Students with Visual Impairments Have Access to and Engagement in Education Through National Dissemination Activities Website: https://www.afb.org

    About the Grantee

    The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support AFB’s “Access & Engagement 3” (A&E3) research study to help ensure that students with visual impairments have an inclusive and equitable education.

    Amount

    $86,250

    Term

    13 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2021
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Association for the Multiple Impaired Blind

    Brick, NJ, USA
    Project Title: Handicap Accessible Vans for Two Group homes Website: https://www.amib.net/

    About the Grantee

    Residential programs for people with multiple disabilities are what AMIB does with love, patience, and expertise. AMIB operates 14 group homes throughout Ocean and Monmouth County New Jersey and provides supportive services to 66 individuals in residential settings, 17 in day habilitation settings and 3 families with respite.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite the purchase of four adapted, handicapped-accessible vans to be used to transport visually impaired and multiply disabled adults from the Grantee’s new group homes to daily adult daycare programs and to medical appointments.

    Amount

    $200,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2021
    Education

    Benetech Initiative

    Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Project Title: Bookshare in India: Pathways to Independence 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

    In support of a two-pronged (“Digital Transformation in Specialized Schools” and “Education and Career Support”) India-based project which aims to train teachers of blind and visually impaired students to incorporate digital learning in the classroom environments, and to increase fundamental digital literacy skills for employability.

    Amount

    $649,936

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2021
    Education

    Center for Disability Services, Inc.

    Albany, NY
    Project Title: Educational Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Students with Disabilities Website: http://www.cfdsny.org/

    About the Grantee

    The Center for Disability Services provides a range of programs and services in upstate New York for individuals who have disabilities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To allow the Langan School to purchase new technology to effectively support its classroom for visually impaired students.

    Amount

    $10,000

    Term

    4

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area, Upstate NY
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    2021
    Medical Eye Care

    CL Gupta Eye Institution

    Moradabad, India
    Project Title: Eliminating rural avoidable blindness backlog during COVID–19 pandemic in western Uttar Pradesh (India) Website: http://www.clgei.org/

    About the Grantee

    C.L. Gupta Eye Institute, a unit of C.L. Gupta Charitable Foundation is a tertiary eye care center equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical equipment, specializing in treating various eye problems. The main aim of the institute is to provide the same quality of treatment and patient care to all sections of society irrespective of their socio-economic status.

    Purpose of the Grant

    In support of a project to “Eliminate Rural Avoidable Blindness Backlog During COVID-19 Pandemic in Western Uttar Pradesh, India.”

    Amount

    $368,196

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Asia (Outside South Asia), International
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    2021
    Medical Eye Care

    Community Health Care Association of New York State

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: CHCANYS Vision Grant Phase II Website: http://chcanys.org/

    About the Grantee

    Established to give a voice to the state’s network of community health centers as leading providers of primary care, the Community Health Care Association of New York State’s (CHCANYS) mission is to champion community-centered primary care in New York State through leadership, advocacy, and support of Community Health Centers.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To help cover Phase 2 costs of a multi-year project aiming to increase vision health services to low-income New Yorkers through the Federally Qualified Health Center system.

    Amount

    $34,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area, Upstate NY
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    2021
    Education

    Dominican College

    Orangeburg, NY, USA
    Project Title: Hybrid Online Learning for Teachers of Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired (TVIs) including Those With Multiple Disabilities, in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Website: https://www.dc.edu

    About the Grantee

    The aim of Dominican College is to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community and its needs. Founded by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, the College is an independent institution of higher learning, Catholic in origin and heritage. In the Dominican tradition, it fosters the active, shared pursuit of truth and embodies an ideal of education rooted in the values of reflective understanding and compassionate involvement.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To help sustain the core operations of the TVI Program and to increase the supply of highly qualified certified TVI’s.

    Amount

    $576,680

    Term

    60 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2021
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

    Cassville, NY, USA
    Project Title: Hometown Training 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.

    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

    $216,000

    Term

    24 Months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2021
    Education

    FUNDAL

    Mixco, Guatemala
    Project Title: Forging Paths towards Inclusion and Sustainability Website: http://www.fundal.org.gt/

    About the Grantee

    FUNDAL acts as a bridge to inclusion for students with deafblindness, visual and other impairments who need more specialized intervention in the beginning and then need support in the transition to mainstream education.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the “Forging Paths towards Inclusion and Sustainability” project.

    Amount

    $399,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2021
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Winnetka, IL, USA
    Project Title: Braille for Everyday Use, a Tactile Braille Workshop Series for People with Vision Loss Website: https://www.hadley.edu

    About the Grantee

    The mission of Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower people to thrive – at home, at work and in their communities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support development of its new tactile braille workshop series, Braille for Everyday Use.

    Amount

    $225,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2021
    Medical Eye Care

    Helen Keller International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Scaling up Diabetic Retinopathy Services in Bangladesh Program (SDRS III) 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 initiate the third phase of its “Scaling up Diabetic Retinopathy Services in Bangladesh” (SDRSIII) project.

    Amount

    $648,069

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Asia (Outside South Asia), International
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    2021
    Education

    Helen Keller Services

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Project Title: Feeling Through Curriculum 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

    In support of the “Feeling Through” curriculum development project which plans to take advantage of and build on the enormous popularity of the “Feeling Through” Academy-award nominated short film, to build a robust, already-in demand professional training curriculum.

    Amount

    $347,580

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    International
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    2021
    Medical Eye Care

    Himalayan Cataract Project

    Waterbury, VT, USA
    Project Title: Strengthening Eye Care in Nepal Website: https://www.cureblindness.org

    About the Grantee

    The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To cover equipment costs for the Community Eye Hospital currently under construction in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

    Amount

    $70,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2021
    Education

    Lavelle School for the Blind

    Bronx, NY, USA
    Project Title: Gala Support Website: https://www.lavelleschool.org/

    About the Grantee

    Located in Bronx, New York, the Lavelle School for the Blind is a multi-cultural educational institution committed to teaching and training students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Founded in 1904, Lavelle School for the Blind was originally a Catholic institution, based on the Catholic tradition and the compassion and dedication of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt.

    As a private, state approved and supported institution, Lavelle School for the Blind educates approximately 150 enrolled students annually from all five New York City boroughs as well as surrounding school districts outside of New York City. Students may enroll as early as age 3 and can continue until age 21.

    Purpose of the Grant

    For support of the School’s gala.

    Amount

    $5,000

    Term

    1 month

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area, NYC Metro Area
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    2021
    Education

    Lavelle School for the Blind

    Bronx, NY, USA
    Project Title: Discretionary Funding for Miscellaneous Projects Website: https://www.lavelleschool.org/

    About the Grantee

    Located in Bronx, New York, the Lavelle School for the Blind is a multi-cultural educational institution committed to teaching and training students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Founded in 1904, Lavelle School for the Blind was originally a Catholic institution, based on the Catholic tradition and the compassion and dedication of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt.

    As a private, state approved and supported institution, Lavelle School for the Blind educates approximately 150 enrolled students annually from all five New York City boroughs as well as surrounding school districts outside of New York City. Students may enroll as early as age 3 and can continue until age 21.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide discretionary funds which will enable the School’s Executive Director to explore and expand services offered at the School, examples of which were provided in the grant request dated April 5, 2021.

    Amount

    $50,000

    Term

    12 month

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area, NYC Metro Area
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    2021
    Education

    Lavelle School for the Blind

    Bronx, NY, USA
    Project Title:  Lavelle School Fire Alarm Project Website: https://www.lavelleschool.org/

    About the Grantee

    Located in Bronx, New York, the Lavelle School for the Blind is a multi-cultural educational institution committed to teaching and training students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Founded in 1904, Lavelle School for the Blind was originally a Catholic institution, based on the Catholic tradition and the compassion and dedication of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt.

    As a private, state approved and supported institution, Lavelle School for the Blind educates approximately 150 enrolled students annually from all five New York City boroughs as well as surrounding school districts outside of New York City. Students may enroll as early as age 3 and can continue until age 21.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the Lavelle School Fire Alarm Project.

    Amount

    $240,000

    Term

    12 month

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area, NYC Metro Area
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    2021
    Other

    Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.

    Yucaipa, CA
    Project Title: Bringing Christ's Light to the Nations Website: http://www.lbwloveworks.org/

    About the Grantee

    In its 78-year history, LBW has produced and distributed over 14 million volumes of the Bible and other Christian resources to blind and visually impaired people in 164 countries.

    Purpose of the Grant

    For the purchase of a new Braillo digital braille embossing printer and a new internal kit to upgrade the existing Braillo printer at its Southern California headquarters.

    Amount

    $99,254

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2021
    Other

    New York Public Library

    New York, NY
    Project Title: Bridge Funding for the Translating Access Project Website: https://www.nypl.org/locations/heiskell

    About the Grantee

    The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library provides free accessible reading material for patrons who are blind, visually impaired, or are otherwise physically unable to read standard print. Heiskell Library offers materials to borrow in a wide range of formats, including braille, talking books, and magazines, for users of all ages, as well as players and apps. Patrons can also find accessible programming and events, individual coaching in assistive technology, group tech workshops, braille study groups, and more.

    Purpose of the Grant

    For four months of bridge funding for the Heiskell Library’s “Translating Access” project.

    Amount

    $12,774

    Term

    4 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area, NYC Metro Area
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    2021
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany

    Albany, NY, USA
    Project Title: Building the Capacity to Serve Legally Blind Persons of All Ages in the Middle Hudson Valley 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

    To support the Lower Hudson Valley project.

    Amount

    $10,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area, Upstate NY
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    2021
    Other

    Our Space Our Place, Inc.

    Boston, MA
    Project Title: After School and Career Exploration Programs for Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Website: http://www.ourspaceourplace.org/

    About the Grantee

    Our Space Our Place, Inc. prepares blind youth for their future as productive and successful adults by promoting their self-confidence, determination and social and independent living skills through activities which support self-exploration, social integration and the investigation of college and career opportunities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    For Our Space Our Place programming for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

    Amount

    $10,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Out of Tri-State Area
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    2021
    Education

    Perkins School for the Blind

    Watertown, MA, USA
    Project Title: Building Capacity for Educational Leadership and Covid-19 Recovery in Latin America 2021-2023 Website: http://www.perkins.org

    About the Grantee

    Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support scholarships for four special education teachers from Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Guatemala) to participate in the Perkins Educational Leadership Program (ELP) for advanced training in the education of blind children with multiple disabilities, program development and leadership.

    Amount

    $200,000

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2021
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Rutgers University Foundation

    Brunswick, NJ, USA
    Project Title: Eye2Eye: A Peer Support Program for Individuals and Families Coping with Vision Loss 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 continue support of the Eye2Eye Peer Support Program for Individuals and Families Coping with Vision Loss.

    Amount

    $387,514

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2021
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Safe Toddles

    New York, NY
    Project Title: Investigation of Independent Walking Before and With Pediatric Belt Canes Website: http://www.safetoddles.org/

    About the Grantee

    Safe Toddles’ mission is to provide the first effective system of detecting clear/unclear paths for babies born with mobility visual impairment and blindness (MVI/B) learning to walk and explore with growing confidence

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support a research study designed to determine the efficacy of the Pediatric Belt Cane (PBC) designed by Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken to improve independent walking in learners aged five and younger with visual impairments.

    Amount

    $335,544

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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