VISIONS Community Outreach Department conducts presentations, offers printed information about prevention of blindness and managing with vision loss, participates in community events, delivers testimony at government hearings, sits on city and borough-wide boards and committees, and interacts with service providers. Community Outreach Coordinators and vision rehabilitation specialists provide training on working with blind and visually impaired individuals to professionals working in nonprofit settings such as health care, case management and senior centers, and educate public and elected officials about the needs and capabilities of the population with vision loss so they may fully participate in all aspects of community life. Presentations are provided in multiple languages and address the needs of low-income, minority and immigrant communities. The goal is to ensure that all persons of all ages that experience legal blindness or severe vision loss are referred for free services.
V.I.E.P. (Visually Impaired Education Program)
Presentations for the public
VISIONS outreach staff are available to conduct free presentations in all five boroughs of New York City to identify people who could benefit from VISIONS services to improve their independence, safety, social interaction and find work
Presentation for professionals
VISIONS professional vision rehabilitation staff conducts free workshops on the value of vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility and social work counseling to adjust to vision loss
Staffing community events
If a community event has individuals with vision loss attending, VISIONS can staff a table to provide information about our free services
Professional staff training
If your organization is working with participants with vision loss and would like guidance on how to help them in your program VISIONS provides a fee based inservice based on your organization’s needs.