Services for Seniors

Vision Rehabilitation Services

VISIONS Rehabilitation Department helps seniors achieve their highest level of independence. Certified Vision Rehabilitation Professionals provide instruction in adaptive independent living skills and mobility at home, at work and in the community, in addition to occupational therapy, social work counseling, and assistance with employment.

Contact: Carmen Rivera, Intake Coordinator/Outreach Specialist Phone: (212) 625-1616 Ext. 134                         Email:

Community Outreach and Training

Through inter-agency collaborations, VISIONS ensures that individuals who are blind have access to community-based resources. VISIONS sponsors advisory boards in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. VISIONS provides staff training, public education forums on eye disease in all five boroughs of New York City, and has affiliations with over 150 senior centers.

Contact: Mark Bones, Community Coordinator                                 Phone: (212) 625-1616 Ext. 109             Email:

VISIONS at Selis Manor

VISIONS at Selis Manor is a center for blind youth, adults and seniors. Located at 135 West 23rd Street in Manhattan, Visions at Selis Manor offers support groups, adapted classes from fitness to computer training, assistance with benefits, social programs such as Senior Speak Out, volunteers and social work services for seniors with vision loss.

Contact: Ann DeShazo, Director of VISIONS at Selis Manor Senior Center                                                                                         Phone: (646) 486-4444 Ext. 211                                                     Email:


VISIONS Intergenerational Program operates under VISIONS Center on Aging.  The program recruits and trains volunteer high school students to assist blind seniors in their homes, and at Selis Manor. The youth provide escort and assistance with reading, shopping, and technology. High school students interested in volunteering in the program should contact Teresa Rivero.

Click this link for the intergenerational application. 

Contact: Teresa Rivero, Senior Center Program Associate           Phone:(646)-486-4444 Ext 233                               Email:

Caregiver Support Programs

VISONS Caregiver project supports family, partners, and friends who help a senior with vision loss. Overnight respite at VCB and day respite at Selis Manor are provided.

Contact: Diana Cruz Caregiver Services Coordinator               Phone: (212) 625-1616 Ext. 149                       Email:

VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB)

VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB) is a residential vision rehabilitation and training center located in Rockland County, New York. VCB is open year round and is adapted to meet the needs of people who are blind including people who are also independent wheelchair users. Sessions include employment and technology training, wellness programs and family services.

Contact: Khaled Musa, VCB Director                                           Phone: (212) 625-1616  Ext. 130                       Email:


Blindline® provides a toll-free number for access to a New York statewide database of resources and services for people who are blind or visually impaired, their family members, caregivers, and professionals.

The call center is available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm by calling 888-625-1616. A fully accessible website ( with direct access to the database is open to the public.

Contact: Michael Cush, Director of Workforce Development         Phone: (212) 625-1616 Ext. 139                         Email:

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