Need something else?

You can get information and help with finding services for people who are blind or low vision. 

Online

Get information about services for people who are blind or low vision.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

The Department for the Aging (DFTA) provides referrals to seniors 60 and older who have vision problems.  

There are organizations that can help you make the best use of your remaining vision, and learn new ways to do routine daily tasks.  They will help you to be as independent as possible and continue to live safely in your own home and community.

These vision rehabilitation agencies provide daily skills training and instructions on how to use a white cane to travel safely.  They can assess your needs in getting around your home, managing in the kitchen safely, reading, using large print and talking devices, and other daily tasks.

The following organizations provide assistance to seniors in all boroughs, at no cost:

  • Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Call (212) 625-1616 or toll free at (888) 245-8333
  • Lighthouse International
    • Call (212) 821-9200 
  • Helen Keller Services for the Blind
    • Call (718) 522-2122 
  • The Jewish Guild for the Blind
    • ​Call (212) 769-7800 
  • Catholic Guild for the Blind
    • ​Call (212) 371-1000 or (212) 371-2017

The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) also provides assistance for people who are legally blind.

You can get more information and find a local District Office.

Online

Learn about resources available through the NYS Commission for the Blind.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Commission for the Blind
  • Phone Number: (866) 871-3000
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM