Education Services for Blind & Visually Impaired Students
This includes instructional and therapeutic services for K-12 students who are blind and visually impaired.
Training for Vision Professionals & Para-Professionals
This includes university and other training programs for the teachers, rehabilitation specialists, orientation and mobility trainers, and other professionals and aides who serve blind and visually impaired people.
Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program
This provides last-dollar-of-need scholarships to U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and studying at any of 12 partnering private colleges and universities in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey and Southwestern Connecticut.
For more information, please visit the Scholarships.
Case Study Highlights
Progress & outcomes from the field of education
Perkins School for the Blind
In 2016, the Fund approved a three-year grant of $330,062 to Perkins School for the Blind, the oldest school in the nation for children who are blind and multiply disabled, for two purposes: (1) building the capacity of Perkins’ Resource Center in Cordoba, Argentina, to strengthen the practice of K-12 teachers and schools that serve children who are blind and multiply disabled in targeted Spanish-speaking South American countries, and (2) helping to stabilize and strengthen the financial management of three model schools for such children in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Lima, Peru.
Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School
In 2019, the Fund approved a nine-month grant of $26,000 to the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg (FMDG) Music School, a community music school dedicated to providing adaptive music instruction and performance opportunities to NYC area residents with vision loss. The purpose of the grant was to support the School’s 2019 sustainability planning, fundraising, and associated activities to preserve the School’s existence during its transition.
City Access New York
In 2014, the Fund approved a three-year grant of $180,000 to City Access New York (CANY). The grant served to underwrite vocational education, career exploration, and orientation and mobility training for 12 NYC secondary school and college students who are blind and visually impaired through participation in at least 30 one-semester paid internships at any of 20-25 partner museums and cultural institutions in NYC.
In 2014, the Fund approved a grant of $303,560 to Learning Ally, the country’s largest provider of recorded textbooks for students who are otherwise print-disabled, to create a national program designed to help blind and visually impaired students succeed in college. The College Success Program was to consist of (1) a website presenting online resources and information, and (2) a mentorship program pairing students with mentors who have been successful visually impaired college graduates.