To support the program’s continuing operations.
To help drive continuing increases in enrollments at the Northeast’s lowest-cost provider of guide dogs for people who are blind.
To train 20 blind working age adults for call-center work and place at least 12 of these trainees in paid call-center and customer-service jobs.
To research, develop, and pilot a faster, more efficient, and more effective method of providing blind and visually impaired students with accessible instructional materials like talking books, on demand.
To provide free physician-led ophthalmic examinations, assistance with medical benefits, and medical referrals to needy seniors who reside in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Midwood neighborhoods.
To support year-round rehabilitative, educational and recreational programming for blind and visually impaired youth ages, 8-17, in NABA’s East-Central New York catchment area.
To establish a satellite low vision clinic in Buffalo’s inner suburban ring, thus increasing the combined annual total of Olmsted low vision patients served from 1,000 at baseline to 1,400.
To improve access to and utilization of five Primary Eye Care Centers (PECCs) and one new eye hospital in Nepal and four Vision Centers (VCs) in North India – and also to increase the efficiency and productivity of these facilities.
To recruit and train a minimum of 900 NYS-based physical education teachers and athletic directors, paraeducators, youth who are blind and visually impaired, and parents of such youth in effectively including these youth in adaptive sports and physical education programs.
To support VISIONS, together with its partner Helen Keller Services for the Blind, in launching an employer-centered and -guided job training and placement program for adults who are legally blind and reside in NYC or Long Island.