Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

Vision Rehabilitation & Low Vision Services

These include an array of professional services and adaptive devices designed to prepare people who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent, productive lives. Examples include:

  • Training in skills of daily living (e.g., eating, cooking, personal hygiene), safe mobility in the home and community, and adaptive communications skills (reading and writing Braille and accessing Braille, large-print, and recorded books).
  • Learning to use adaptive computer technology and, as needed, being fitted with low-vision optical devices.
  • Preparing for and obtaining appropriate paid work.


Staff nurse instructs patient in use of a telescopic device at the Wenzhou Medical College’s new Center of Excellence in Low Vision (Wenzhou, China): a partnership program with the SUNY College of Optometry

Courtesy of Wenzhou Medical College

Information & Referral Services

Often internet- or phone-based, these services inform blind and visually impaired people and their families about: eye diseases and disorders; available medical and vision rehabilitation care and technology; and contact data for local care providers. They also often provide blind consumers and their families with opportunities to network with vision experts and with people facing similar challenges.

Case Study Highlights

Progress & outcomes from the field of vision rehabilitation
Husband and wife sitting on couch holding a smartphone

Courtesy of VISIONS

VISIONS Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired

In January 2020, the Fund approved a three-year grant of $525,000 to VISIONS/ Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired to build, deliver, and sustain: (1) comprehensive vision rehabilitation and low vision services for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired in Westchester County, and (2) assistive technology and residential vision rehabilitation services for eligible residents of all Lower Hudson Valley Counties.

Man smiles while holding mop

Courtesy of Alphapointe


In October 2019, the Fund approved an 18-month grant of $294,000 to Alphapointe, a Kansas City-headquartered nonprofit that operates manufacturing and service businesses employing adults who are blind, to support the renovation of independent living training, meeting, and office spaces on the second floor of its new building in Queens; the purchase and installation of adaptive technology; and a portion of the staffing needed to provide adaptive training services in the new space.

Rutgers Eye2Eye logo

Courtesy of Rutgers, Eye2Eye

Rutgers University Foundation

In October 2017, the Fund approved a two-year grant of $365,604 to Rutgers University Foundation, 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. The project aimed to provide peer support services, to develop a clinical psychology referral network in NYC as well as within UBHC, and, to refer callers to professional mental health care and vision rehabilitation services.