2006-07-14 / Community

'Visons' To Launch Education Program For Blind, Impaired

VISIONS is launching a public education campaign to reach the city's 60,000 blind and 363,000 severely visually impaired individuals. Less than two percent of these individuals currently access vision rehabilitation services. With VISIONS free programs and services, thousands of these New Yorkers will be able to live independent and active lives in their homes and communities.

VISIONS is a unique nonprofit organization that promotes the independence of New York City's most vulnerable residents with vision loss. Many of VISIONS' clients come from communities of color, are low income and 65 years of age or older, groups at even higher risk for blindness and visual impairment. VISIONS also runs the city's only specialized after school program for blind and visually impaired teens.

In Queens, VISIONS offers in-home rehabilitation services including home and meal management and instruction in using adaptive equipment in daily living. VISIONS also sends community coordinators to senior centers and health fairs in Queens where they help educate seniors on how to prevent and cope with vision loss. For more information about Queens services, please contact Amanda Slattery at 212-625-1616 x 142. The public education campaign marks VISIONS 80th anniversary and is aimed at potential clients-of all ages, their family members and the public. VISIONS has developed a free DVD to help get the word out to thousands of people who will benefit from its services. (To receive the DVD, the public should call 212-625-1616.)

"The good news is that blind and visually impaired people can live independent, productive lives if they receive vision rehabilitation services and are not isolated," says Nancy D. Miller, VISIONS executive director. "More New Yorkers need to learn about VISIONS."

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