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    2019
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Planning Grant Website: https://www.nyee.edu

    About the Grantee

    With 69 certified beds, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is one of the world’s leading facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, as well as related conditions. Founded in 1820 as the nation’s first specialty hospital, NYEE manages more than 30,000 surgical cases and 225,000 outpatient visits per year. NYEE is regularly ranked as one of the best hospitals in America, according to U.S. News & World Report, and was awarded Magnet status for excellence in nursing care.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To strengthen services for patients with irreversible vision loss by launching: (1) a sustainable cross-referral service between NYEE’s Low Vision Optometry Clinic and NYC vision rehabilitation agencies like VISIONS and (2) a sustainable low vision optical shop adjacent to NYEE’s Low Vision Optometry Clinic.

    Amount

    $238,778

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2019
    Medical Eye Care

    Orbis International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Govern, Engage, Lead at Sitapur Eye Hospital Website: https://www.orbis.org

    About the Grantee

    Orbis International is an NGO that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness through a network of partners to mentor, train and inspire local teams to fight blindness in their own communities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support Orbis-India’s work in testing and strengthening the organization-wide alignment of Sitapur Eye Care System’s governance, management, and employees – and training and coaching its Board, top management, and staff in preparing for a transformative hospital change process.

    Amount

    $35,000

    Term

    6 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2019
    Education

    St. Joseph’s School for the Blind

    Jersey City, NJ, USA
    Project Title: Multi-Sensory Environment Website: https://www.schoolfortheblind.org/

    About the Grantee

    St. Joseph’s School for the Blind has been providing specialized care, education, and human services to individuals with visual impairments since its founding in Jersey City in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. St. Joseph’s School for the Blind is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency accepting children of every race, creed and national origin and is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities and has the approval of the New Jersey State Department of Education.

    Today, St. Joseph’s remains the only private school for the blind in New Jersey. The school continues its founding mission to serve individuals with visual impairments and has expanded services to include individuals with multiple disabilities from birth through adulthood.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the buildout and equipping of a new Multi-Sensory Room at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind.

    Amount

    $50,000

    Term

    6 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2019
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Rochester, NY, USA
    Project Title: BENNY Job Placement Initiative Website: https://www.goodwillfingerlakes.org/abvi

    About the Grantee

    The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI), founded in 1911, is a premiere provider of vision rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier areas of New York.

    As part of its mission-focused work, ABVI empowers people with vision loss to engage in fulfilling careers by offering a variety of entrepreneurial businesses, including a state-of-the-art contact center, and manufacturing and fulfillment services.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the implementation of the Lavelle-BENNY Initiative in ABVI’s West-Central New York catchment area, using new employer-partnership strategies to increase the number of working-age adults who are blind that are placed in competitive paid jobs.

    Amount

    $237,756

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2019
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Tides Center

    San Francisco, 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 help support the continued operation of the leadership program for young adults who are deafblind, nationwide.

    Amount

    $81,620

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2019
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    VIA

    Buffalo, NY, USA
    Project Title: BENNY Job Placement Initiative -- Administrative Lead Website: http://www.viawny.org/

    About the Grantee

    VIA aims to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve their highest level of independence.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support VIA, in partnership with Helen Keller Services for the Blind and VISIONS, in providing the training, mentoring, and evaluation services needed to help strengthen job training and placement capacity and drive increases in competitive job placements at the five Upstate New York vision rehabilitation agencies slated to participate in the Lavelle-BENNY jobs initiative.

    Amount

    $125,300

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2019
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    VIA

    Buffalo, NY, USA
    Project Title: BENNY Job Placement Initiative Website: http://www.viawny.org/

    About the Grantee

    VIA aims to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve their highest level of independence.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To (1) implement the Lavelle-BENNY Initiative in VIA’s Western New York catchment area, using new employer-partnership strategies to increase the number of working-age adults who are blind that are placed in competitive paid jobs, and (2) underwrite the Master’s-level education of an incumbent VIA staff member as an Orientation and Mobility trainer who can prepare newly placed workers to commute safely to and from work.

    Amount

    $273,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2019
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Xavier Society for the Blind

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Digital Talking Book Recording Pilot Website: https://xaviersocietyfortheblind.org/

    About the Grantee

    Since its founding in 1900 by Margaret Coffey, a devoted teacher of the blind who was blind herself and Fr. Joseph M. Stadelman, SJ, Xavier Society for the Blind has assisted blind and visually impaired persons learn about, develop, and practice their faith.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the production of up to 20 new human-narrated talking books in the Catholic tradition.

    Amount

    $10,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2018
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    American Printing House for the Blind

    Louisville, KY, USA
    Project Title: APH ConnectionCenter Sustainability Plan Website: https://www.aph.org/

    About the Grantee

    The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the development of a five-year business/sustainability plan for the Fund-supported FamilyConnect® web service for parents of children with vision loss and the other blindness-field websites, directories, and 1-800 information/referral services that the agency recently acquired from the American Foundation for the Blind.

    Amount

    $75,000

    Term

    6 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2018
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Association for the Multiple Impaired Blind

    Brick, NJ, USA
    Project Title: Monmouth II 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 adpated, handicapped-accessible vans to be used to transport visually impaired and multiply disabled adults from their new AMIB 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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    2018
    Education

    Benetech Initiative

    Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Project Title: Bookshare - India 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 provide 500 additional accessible educational textbooks for K-12 schools in India and to train teachers and blind and visually impaired students in 50 target K-12 schools in using Bookshare’s accessible digital library.

    Amount

    $499,296

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2018
    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

    $318,825

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2018
    Medical Eye Care

    CancerCare, Inc.

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Financial Assistance and Support Program for People with Ocular Cancers (and Other Cancers Affecting Vision) Website: https://www.cancercare.org

    About the Grantee

    CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support CancerCare®’s Financial Assistance and Support Program for People with Ocular Cancers who reside in the Tri-State New York area.

    Amount

    $517,000

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2018
    Education

    Dominican College

    Orangeburg, NY, USA
    Project Title: Teachers of the Visually Impaired Program 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 its Teachers of Students Who are Visually Impaired (TVI) Graduate Program and, by grant year three, to increase by 33% the number of new TVI students annually recruited.

    Amount

    $258,523

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2018
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

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

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: E.A.R.S. for Eyes Program 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

    To provide general operating support for E.A.R.S’s vision rehabilitation service for NYC seniors who are visually impaired — and also to support the agency’s continuing effort to identify and partner with a much larger NYC nonprofit interested in referring clients with vision loss to E.A.R.S.

    Amount

    $108,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2018
    Education

    Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Winnetka, IL, USA
    Project Title: Revision of "Introduction to Braille for Visual Learners (UEB)" Course 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 a major updating, restructuring, and multi-media recasting of its popular online course, “Introduction to Braille for Visual Learners”: a course for the sighted family members, teachers, and paraprofessionals who care for and/or teach people who are blind.

    Amount

    $181,906

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area, USA Multi-State
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    2018
    Medical Eye Care

    Helen Keller International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Factors Influencing Eye Health Seeking Behavior of Women in Bangladesh with Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) 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 undertake a field study to investigate the barriers that Bangladeshi women face in accessing screening and treatment services for diabetic retinopathy and to identify practical strategies for overcoming these barriers.

    Amount

    $34,287

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2018
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Helen Keller Services

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Project Title: National Business and Employers Relations Services 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 Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults project to strengthen the Center’s capacity to prepare and place working-age adults who are deaf-blind for and in competitive paid jobs and to increase the proportion of trainees who actually obtain such jobs.

    Amount

    $308,795

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area, USA Multi-State
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    2018
    Medical Eye Care

    Himalayan Cataract Project

    Waterbury, VT, USA
    Project Title: Expanding Sustainable Eye Care Capacity 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 build and sustain the capacity of five community eye centers that, respectively, serve four remote, mountainous regions in Nepal and one underserved city in the Kathmandu Valley.

    Amount

    $250,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2018
    Medical Eye Care

    International Eye Foundation

    Kensington, MD, USA
    Project Title: Planning Grant: Building Capacity of Public-Sector Tertiary and Secondary Level Eye Hospitals in Peru Website: https://iefusa.org

    About the Grantee

    IEF’s mission is to eliminate preventable and treatable blindness by increasing affordability and access to quality comprehensive and sustainable eye care services worldwide., changing how eye care is delivered and changing systems at eye hospitals and clinics to provide quality eye care in an efficient, productive, and sustainable manner.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To develop a detailed plan of action to build the capacity of two public-sector hospital systems in Peru.

    Amount

    $14,000

    Term

    3 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2018
    Medical Eye Care

    International Eye Foundation

    Kensington, MD, USA
    Project Title: Advancing Public Sector Eye Hospitals in Peru Website: https://iefusa.org

    About the Grantee

    IEF’s mission is to eliminate preventable and treatable blindness by increasing affordability and access to quality comprehensive and sustainable eye care services worldwide., changing how eye care is delivered and changing systems at eye hospitals and clinics to provide quality eye care in an efficient, productive, and sustainable manner.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To partner with Lima-based Divino Nino Jesu Eye Clinic and the Peruvian Ministry of Health to help Peru’s two largest public eye care systems – the Intituto Nacional de Oftalmologia (INO) in Lima, Peru and the Instituto Regional de Oftalmologia (IRO) in Trujillo — to increase eye care volume, efficiency, and quality and to strengthen eye care referral systems.

    Amount

    $497,612

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2018
    Medical Eye Care

    L.V. Prasad Eye Institute of the Indo-American Eye Care Society

    Rochester, NY, USA
    Project Title: Primary Eye Care Services through Vision Centers in Moradabad Division of Western Uttar Pradesh Website: http://www.lvpei.org

    About the Grantee

    Established in 1987, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is a comprehensive eye health facility with its main campus located in Hyderabad, India. A World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness, the Institute offers comprehensive patient care, sight enhancement and rehabilitation services and high-impact rural eye health programs. It also pursues cutting edge research and offers training in human resources for all levels of ophthalmic personnel.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support C. L. Gupta Eye Institute in the strengthening of five existing CLGEI vision centers (notably via the addition of tele-medical connections with the Institute’s mother tertiary hospital) and the launch of two new fully equipped and staffed vision centers in western Uttar Pradesh, India.

    Amount

    $97,719

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2018
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Lighthouse Guild International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Pilot Test of Adapted Version of a Promising Falls-Prevention Program Website: https://www.lighthouseguild.org/

    About the Grantee

    Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit vision + healthcare organization, with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To pilot test a promising falls-prevention program for seniors — in this instance, a specially adapted version for seniors who are blind or visually impaired.

    Amount

    $200,000

    Term

    18 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2018
    Education

    National Federation of the Blind of New York State

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Project Title: Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy Summer Enrichment Program Website: https://nfbny.org/

    About the Grantee

    The National Federation of the Blind of New York State (an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind) has served the needs of blind people of all ages in NY State for over sixty years. The organization’s mission is to integrate blind people into society on terms of equality with the sighted.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide general operating support for the NFB NYS’ 2018 and 2019 BELL Academy summer enrichment program in NYC for elementary students who are blind.

    Amount

    $20,000

    Term

    18 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area, Upstate NY
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