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Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities - Blind and Low Vision
The following links will take you to information about a variety of services of benefit to the blind and low vision.
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038
Voice 1 (212) 766-6800
Fax (212) 766-6809
The Associated Blind is a privately funded non-profit agency, founded in 1938, which promotes autonomy and self-determination through economic independence. The Adaptive Solutions Institute is a program development division of The Associated Blind. All programs strive to provide blind or visually impaired individuals with the incentive, and ability, to set and achieve personal, educational, and career goals.Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
Voice 1 (212) 625-1616
Fax (212) 219-4078
VISIONS is a non-profit agency that promotes the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired.Dog Licensing
It's the Law
New York State law requires that all owned dogs be licensed and the New York City Health Code requires every dog owner to have a dog license tag attached to their dog’s collar while in public. Dog owners may be fined for violation of these laws.
To obtain an application please go to 311 Online or you can download the application online from New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. You may also obtain one from a veterinarian, animal shelter or pet shop.Helen Keller Services for the Blind
57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5211
Voice 1 (718) 522-2122
Fax (718) 935-9463
Provides community rehabilitation services, senior day centers, pre-school programs, day treatment programs, social services, adaptive low-vision clinic, and audiological services.NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH)
270 Broadway, 5th Floor, Room 528
New York, NY 10007-2383
Voice 1 (212) 825-5710
TTY (212) 961-4444
Fax (212) 417-4627
CBVH provides services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind and reside in New York State. CBVH provides adaptive equipment to assist individuals with their independent living skills and employment.The Lighthouse International
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Voice 1 (212) 821-9200
TTY (212) 821-9713
Fax (212) 821-9707
Assists persons of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to lead independent and productive lives. Services include:
15 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Voice 1 (212) 769-6200; (800) 284-4422
Fax (212) 769-6266
The Guild provides a wide range of services from birth to adulthood, such as Early Intervention, pre-school, education, communication skills, rehabilitation, medical and vision services, adult day care, residential care, and volunteer and library cassette programs.
Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF)
The Guild School: Provides a specialized learning environment for students 5 to 21 who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind with developmental disabilities.
Medical and Vision Services
Guild Net: provides case management and vision and health-related services to visually impaired elderly residents of New York State. The program reduces unduly long hospital stays, expedites the transfer from hospital to community-based facilities, and helps blind and visually impaired persons lead independent lives.
The Guild’s Day Treatment Program: Provides ongoing treatment for visually impaired persons with psychiatric diagnoses as well as for deaf/blind persons who are cognitively impaired.
The Guild’s Psychiatric Clinic: Specializes in treating the emotional impact of blindness. It offers a variety of diagnostic and treatment services, and support groups for blind and visually impaired persons and their families.
The Guild Cassette Library: One of the world’s largest private circulating collections of taped literature for visually impaired people. The library currently lists 1,600 unabridged alts, including best-selling works of fiction and nonfiction.
IN TOUCH Networks: The Guild’s national radio reading service for blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped people is on the air 24 hours a day.
GuildcareTM (Estelle R. Newman City Center)
Provides diagnostic evaluation and short-term comprehensive rehabilitation, as well as personal adjustment training, job preparation, and placement for deaf-blind youth and adults 18 years of age and older. Many of the services are residential. There is a tuition fee.Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired
40 W. 20th Street
New York, NY 10012-4211
Voice 1 (212) 206-5400; 24-hour answering machine (212) 206-5425
TTY (212) 206-5458
Fax (212) 206-5418
This barrier-free branch of the New York City Public Library provides comfortable reading rooms, large collections of specially-formatted materials, audio playback equipment for listening to recorded books and magazines, and a variety of other electronic reading aids. The Library has a children’s room and a meeting room for concerts, lectures, and other special events. Also operates an extensive mailing program that delivers thousands of recorded and Braille books a day. The books are shipped free of charge, as part of a federal program established by the Library of Congress.Computer Center for Visually Impaired People at Baruch College
151 East 25th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Voice 1 (646) 312-1420
Fax (646) 312-1421
Services offered include:
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