A Message to Our Participants and Supporters

To learn more about how VISIONS is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the steps we are taking to ensure our services continue to run efficiently and safely, click here.

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Fact: Only 3% of people who would benefit from vision rehabilitation ever receive it (National Eye Institute)

Solution: VISIONS serves over 1,500 people of all ages with vision rehabilitation services annually.

Fact: Only one third of blind people seeking jobs are working

Solution: VISIONS is #1 in job placements of blind New Yorkers

Fact: Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance do not cover comprehensive vision rehabilitation services, equipment or optical aids

Solution: VISIONS training services including many types of equipment and aids are provided free of charge with no billing of insurance

Fact: More than half of babies born with vision impairment also have other disabilities

Solution: VISIONS professional certified and licensed staff is trained to work with children with multiple disabilities including children with cortical vision impairment.

Fact: As the population ages, more older persons experience vision loss

Solution: VISIONS operates a senior center adapted and accessible for blind older persons, offers rehabilitation to increase independence and provides training and support for unpaid caregivers

Fact: Blind youth without college degrees and limited technology skills have difficulty qualifying for jobs

Solution: VISIONS youth services emphasize skill training and VISIONS residential vocational rehabilitation center focuses on blind youth age 18 to 22 who graduate work ready.

Welcome to VISIONS

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a nonprofit rehabilitation and social service organization. VISIONS purpose is to develop and implement individualized programs to assist people who are blind and visually impaired of all ages to lead independent and active lives, and to educate the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind and visually impaired.

Services Offered by Age Group

Birth to 10

Ages 11 to 21

Ages 22 to 54

For People with Vision Loss

Adjusting to vision loss is a process that takes training and practice. VISIONS serves people of all ages in every neighborhood of New York City, Long Island and Westchester

Locations & Service Area

VISIONS serves participants in all boroughs of NYC, as well as Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, and several counties in New Jersey. All legally blind and visually impaired persons sponsored by their state commission for the blind are eligible for residential short-term training at VCB.

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VISIONS Headquarters

500 Greenwich Street, Suite 302
New York, NY 10013

VISIONS at Selis Manor

135 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB)

111 Summit Park Road
Spring Valley, NY 10977


For Employers

Help Jobseekers Gain Work Skills!

There are many ways to help make a difference in the lives of jobseekers with visual impairments:

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For Families & Unpaid Caregivers

Success for every blind person depends on family support!

How to Support VISIONS

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The best way you can support VISIONS: Make a Donation!

Whether it is making an individual donation, or giving us a lead for a Foundation Grant, or Corporate Sponsor that is aligned with our mission, every bit helps! 

Here are ways you can give today:

  • Online, by clicking the button below
  • Donor Advised Fund
  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions
  • Consider Including VISIONS in Your Will

Other Ways to Support Us

Join a Borough Advisory Board!

Grouped by borough, members of VISIONS Advisory Boards help promote the issues important to the agency, represent VISIONS at community events, assist in raising funds to support the amazing work we do, and help solicit new contributors for our annual fundraising events.

Volunteer at Our Senior Center

VISIONS Center on Aging located in Manhattan is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers may assist participants with reading mail, and other types of written materials, escorting them in the community for shopping and appointments, and helping in a variety of programs (i.e. quilting, arts & crafts, knitting, photography, ceramics, and technology training).

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Our Vision is for Everyone to See what is Possible