NEW YORK CITY YOUTH AND VISION LOSS COALITION

The Youth and Vision Loss Coalition was founded on November 1, 2013 with the generous support of The New York Community Trust and JP Morgan Chase-de Coizart Charitable Trust.

The purpose of the Coalition is:

  • to provide information and resources to young people who are blind or experiencing vision loss including parents, guardians and caregivers
  • works to improve the quality and extent of services, to children with vision loss from birth to twenty-one years
  • advocate for better systems in all realms (education, social, etc.)to better meet the complex needs of the increasing numbers of children with vision loss including those with multiple disabilities
  • advocates for specialized vision services for all children who need them in the most appropriate setting full implementation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its amendments.

There is no cost to be a member of the Coalition.

The Coalition involves all members to guarantee that all young people in need of vision services are identified as early as possible and get the full range of services they need.

The Coalition aims to distribute five handbooks respective to children's needs in their age groups:

  • General
  • Early Intervention
  • Preschool
  • School Age (Kindergarten to 12th grade)
  • Transition to Adulthood

On this webpage our visitors will find:

  • List of Coalition members and the services they offer
  • The five handbooks 
  • A directory of resources and acronyms
  • Advocacy goals.

                                      Members include:                                    

Bronx

Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) www.bils.org
Lavelle School for the Blind www.lavellefund.org
NY Institute for Special Education www.nyise.org


Brooklyn

Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID) www.bcid.org
National Federation of the Blind New York (NFBNY) www.nfbny.org
Parents of Blind Children of NY (POBCNY)

www.nypobc.org


Long Island

American Council of the Blind of New York (ACBNY) www.acbny.org


Manhattan

Art Beyond Sight/Education for the Blind www.artbeyondsight.org
Catholic Guild for the Blind www.catholiccharitiesny.org
Family Kind www.familykind.org
Foundation for Fighting Blindness www.blindness.org/local-chapters/new-york-city-chapter-welcome-letter
Harlem Independent Living Center www.hilc.org
Helen Keller International  www.hki.org
Hunter College  www.hunter.cuny.edu
IncludeNYC www.includenyc.org
JP Morgan Chase www.jpmorganchase.com
Lavelle Fund of the Blind

Metropolitan Museum of Art

www.metmuseum.org
Museum of Jewish Heritage www.mjhnyc.org
NY Community Trust www.nycommunitytrust.org
SUNY College of Optometry www.universityeyecenter.org
Whitney Museum www.whitney.org


Queens

NY Deaf-Blind Collaborative www.qc.cuny.edu/community/nydbc


Staten Island

City Access NY www.cityaccess.org
Modest Community Services www.modestservices.org
Parent to Parent NY www.parenttoparentnys.org
Person Centered Care Services www.pccsny.org


Upstate NY

Children's Vision Coalition www.cvcny.org
Dominican College www.dc.edu
Readers Digest Partners for Sight www.partnersforsight.org


 
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