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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The EEOC is charged with eradication of discrimination in the workplace. This website includes information on antidiscrimination legislation for employers and employees.
U.S. Department of Treasury’s “Go Direct” Campaign
For those consumers still receiving their social security payments by paper check, the U.S. Department of Treasury is offering another option through a direct deposit program.
Town of Hempstead
Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. Included on the NLS website is a searchable catalog of accessible texts.
NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. This searchable database is offered free-of-charge. Provides information on some 27,000 products, including many of interest to individuals with visual impairments.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Alliance
American Council of the Blind
Consumer organization providing information and referral on all aspects of blindness, public education and awareness training.
American Foundation for the Blind
A national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.
American Printing House for the Blind
APH manufactures braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, and tactile graphic publications, as well as a wide assortment of educational and daily living products. APH also offers a variety of services to assist consumers and professionals in the field of vision, such as Louis, a database listing materials available in accessible media from organizations across North America.
Art Education for the Blind—Art Beyond Sight
Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People
CCVIP’s mission is to increase the freedom, independence, and productivity of people who are blind or visually impaired through the power of digital technology.
Blindness Resource Center: The New York Institute for Special Education
Excellent resource for educators and employers. Particularly valuable for its sections on blindness, deaf-blind, low vision resources and vendor links.
Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service
Offers a diverse array of social services including vocational training and job placement; social support and mental health services for persons with disabilities; and child welfare and family support services such as foster care prevention, homemaker services, and group and family day care services.
Brooklyn Public Library
CAST (Center for Assistive Technology)
CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities. CAST provides a particularly useful tool, BOBBY, free-of-charge on its website. With BOBBY, web designers can check their sites to see if and where there are obstacles to accessibility by persons with disabilities, including visual impairments.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York
Various programs and services to help challenged persons live as independently as possible.
Closing The Gap
Closing the Gap is a not-for-profit organization that disseminates information on assistive technologies for classroom and rehabilitation use. In addition to its annual conference, Closing the Gap provides a wealth of information on its website, including a very comprehensive, searchable database of hardware and software.
Consumer Services Guide
A searchable directory of resources which can help you with consumer problems and questions.
The Diabetes Resource Coalition of Long Island
EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information
EASI is a not-for-profit organization that collects and disseminates information on uses of technology by persons with visual and other disabilities. Of particular interest is the organization’s electronic journal, Information Technology and Disablities, which is made available free-of-charge on the website.
Educational Vision Services
The Family Center on Technology and Disability
The Family Center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. FCTD offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies. Whether you’re an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, FCTD provides information to support efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.
Fedcap helps people with all types of disabilities and barriers to employment join the workforce, while providing vital services to business and government.
Helping Hands for the Disabled of NYC
An organization of disabled people helping disabled people, solving real needs for real people.
Job Accommodations Network
Excellent resource for employers seeking assistance in the provision of reasonable accommodations. Includes a Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR), which gives practical advice on specific disabilities and accommodations. Also offers an excellent series of links to disability legislation.
Lavelle School for the Blind
A multi-cultural educational institution. The programs at Lavelle seek to educate the whole child through a combination of developmental and functional strategies. as the student progresses, the curriculum accommodates individual changing needs and educational growth.
Long Island Center for Independent Living
National Federation of the Blind
National consumer and advocacy organization providing public education about blindness. Offers literature, scholarships, referrals, and more.
National Industries for the Blind
NIB’s mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment.
NARIC: The National Rehabilitation Information Center
NARIC is a federally-funded center that disseminates information on disability research. Numerous searchable databases provide references to journal articles, books and documents of interest to professionals seeking to learn more about persons with various disabilities.
Net Forum for the Blind
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
The New York Public Library: Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
RFB&D, the nation’s educational library for people with print disabilities, provides educational materials in recorded and computerized formats from kindergarten through postgraduate level. RFB&D’s materials are for all people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual, perceptual or other physical disability.
Provides guidelines on accessibility issues for all types of disabilities.
United Way of NYC
Voice Corps Reading Services
Alphabet Kids—From ADD to Zellweger Syndrome: A Guide to Developmental, Neurobiological and Psychological Disorders for Parents and Professionals
Apple Computer Accessibility Information Page
Provides an overview of the accessibility features built into the latest MacIntosh products, as well as links to major vendors of software and hardware for visually impaired computer users.
A comparison site for contact lenses, with product reviews and information regarding eye health and other vision-related materials.
Largest and most comprehensive consumer guide in the U.S. for contact lenses. Free online eye care information and clinic directory.
Microsoft Accessibility Website
Microsoft’s Accessibility page provides a wealth of information, obviously geared toward its own operating system and applications software. Included here is technical information for people with visual and other disabilities, tips for information technology and other professionals, and more.
C Tech Low Vision Products
Understanding Student Health: Assistive and Adaptive Techologies in the Classroom
Different assisting technologies available for students in the classroom.
From the NYC Official Accessibility Guide, compiled by the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. For a printed copy of the Guide, call 212-788-2830 or 212-788-2838 (TTY).
Big Apple Greeter
The Big Apple Greeter’s Access Project reaches out to travelers with disabilities and assists in planning personal NYC itineraries.
MTA NYC Transit Access-a-Ride Paratransit
Access-a-Ride is MTA’s door-to-door service for people with disabilities.
877 337-2017 (toll-free)
MTA NYC Transit Customer Service
MTA NYC Transit Reduced-Fare MetroCard
800 861-9614 (information line about MetroCard balances for people with visual impairments)
MTA NYC Transit Travel Information Center (bus and subway)
MTA NYC Transit travel information for people with disabilities
Taxi and Limousine Commission Wheelchair Taxi Dispatcher
Golden Touch Transportation
Vans with lifts, ramps, hand controls, etc.
NY Waterway-Ferry and Bus System
Daily ferries from multiple locations in Manhattan to or from New Jersey, and free, daily shuttle bus connections throughout Manhattan
The Alex Hotel
Elevators are accessible to people who read Braille.
Comfort Inn-Convention Center
Crowne Plaza La Guardia Airport
DoubleTree Metropolitan Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel New York
Holiday Inn Express Fifth Avenue
Hotel Plaza Athenee—New York
InterContinental—The Barclay New York
Le Parker Meridien New York
The London NYC
New York Marriott Downtown
The New York Palace Hotel
Signage and some menus are available in Braille.
Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square
The St. Regis Hotel
There are visual and tactile navigation indicators, and some signs are in Braille.
Sheraton Manhattan Hotel at Times Square
Wyndham Garden Hotel—Chelsea and Financial District
Both locations have audio descriptions.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Audio descriptions are available.
Touch tours are available with advance notice.
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children’s Zoo
Circle Line Cruises
Discounts to NYC attractions
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
There are large print and Braille signs; audiocassettes are available.
Empire State Building Observatory
Federal Hall National Memorial
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Grand Central Terminal
Gray Line New York Sightseeing
NBC Universal Store/Studio Tours
New York Aquarium
Tactile exhibits at Explore the Shore
The New York Botanic Garden
New York Pass
An all-inclusive, pocket-size guidebook with discounts to shops and restaurants
New York Public Library
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Chapel
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
South Street Seaport
Staten Island Zoo
Large-print signage and some displays have non-glare glass.
Statue of Liberty National Monument
There are large-print and Braille signs; audiocassettes are available.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
The official ticketing agency for most Broadway theaters, discount tickets and group sales are available.
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
The only Off-Broadway theater, and one of the few theaters in the country, dedicated to advancing actors and writers with disabilities and changing the image of people with disabilities from dependence to independence.
This is a leading source for theater information, full-price and discount tickets, news and reviews.
Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
TDF Accessibility Membership provides discounts and other assistance to theatergoers with disabilities.
Insider’s guide to fun and affordable live performances
Movie tickets sold 24 hours a day for citywide theaters.
Angelika Film Center
Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
Large-print programs are available.
Lincoln Center and Avery Fisher Hall
Large-print and Braille programs are available at Avery Fisher Hall.
Radio City Music Hall
Large-print programs are available.
The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Audio descriptions are available.
Neil Simon Theatre
Audio descriptions are available.
Richard Rodgers Theatre
American Folk Art Museum
Copies of labels and wall texts are available in large print at the admissions desk; touch tours are available with one month advance notice.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History offers monthly Science Sense Tours in the Museum galleries for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects. Science Sense is free with Museum admission. The tours are available to individuals or groups. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Programs may be subject to change. For additional information or to register for a Science Sense tour, please call (212) 313-7565 or email email@example.com.
American Museum of Natural History—Rose Center for Earth and Space
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Touch tours are available with advance notice.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Tactile exhibits are available.
Offers “Mind’s Eye” programs, and a free multimedia app with Verbal Imaging description tours, for visitors who are blind or have low vision.
Copies of text panels and transcripts of video programs are available in large print, and there are touch tours for select ceremonial objects.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum offers a wide array of programs for people who are blind or partially sighted, including self-guided and guided Touch Tours, Verbal Imaging tours, and a regularly scheduled program, “Picture This!” A drawing class for people who are blind and partially sighted is also offered once a month. Large-print labels of select special exhibitions are available. In addition, audio guides are free of charge for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Contact the Museum directly for more information or to make an appointment: Access@metmuseum.org or 212.650.2010
Museum of the City of New York
Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Large-print guide to the exhibits are available.
Museum of Modern Art
Touch tours of the sculpture and design collection are available by appointment; there are also large-print and Braille brochures for special exhibitions.
New York Hall of Science
Exhibits are hands-on and incorporate visual, tactile and auditory components.
New-York Historical Society
Large print and Braille transcripts of audio tours, large-print brochures and verbal description guided tours are all available. Some galleries have large-print text panels.
Rubin Museum of Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
There is a large-print floor plan, and Braille signage in galleries.
Staten Island Children’s Museum at Snug Harbor
Brochures and signs in large print are available; all exhibits are tactile.
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Whitney Museum of American Art
There are large print and Braille brochures for special exhibitions; verbal description tours are available with advance reservation.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Caroline’s on Broadway
Comic Strip Live
Gotham Comedy Club
Aleo (Italian, Chelsea)
Angelina’s Ristorante (Southern Italian, Staten Island)
Atlantic Grill (Seafood, Upper East Side)
Blue Fin (Seafood, Theatre District)
Blue Smoke/Jazz Standard (Barbecue, Midtown)
Blue Water Grill (Seafood, Union Square)
Bobby Van’s Steakhouse (Midtown East)
Bond 45 (New American, Times Square)
Brooklyn Diner—Carnegie Hall (New American)
Brooklyn Diner—Times Square (New American)
Café Fiorello (Italian, Upper West Side)
Chanterelle (French, Tribeca)
City Island Lobster House (Seafood, Bronx)
Commodore Grill (New American, Midtown East)
Court Square Diner (American, Queens)
Da Gianni’s Ristorante (Italian, Queens)
D.O.C. Wine Bar (Sardinian, Brooklyn)
Dos Caminos Park (Mexican, Flatiron District)
Dos Caminos SoHo (Mexican)
Dos Caminos Third Avenue (Mexican, Midtown East)
Gallagher’s Steak House (Midtown West)
Il Giglio Restaurant (Italian, SoHo)
Isabella’s Restaurant (New American/Mediterranean, Upper West Side)
ilili (Lebanese/Mediterranean, Flatiron District)
Jack the Horse Tavern (American, Brooklyn)
Japonias Restaurant and Lounge (Japanese, Gramercy Park)
Junior’s Restaurant (Desserts/Deli-Brooklyn)
La Masseria (Italian, Theater District)
One if by Land, Two if by Sea (Seafood, Greenwich Village)
Payard Patisserie & Bistro (French, Upper East Side)
Primehouse New York (Steakhouse, Flatiron District)
Redeye Grill (Seafood, Midtown West)
Remi, New York (Italian, Midtown West)
Shelly’s Trattoria La Tradizionale (Steakhouse/Seafood, Midtown West)
Trattoria Dell’Arte (Italian, Midtown West)
Vento Trattoria (Italian, Greenwich Village)
Vice Versa (Italian, Midtown West)
Zoë Restaurant (New American, SoHo)
Achilles Track Club
Sports group for people with a range of disabilities, including visual impairment, cerebral palsy, amputations, cancer and head injuries. Membership is free.
New York City Sports Commission
Information on accessible sports leagues, associations and venues.
Special Olympics New York
Provides year-round sports training and competitions for people with intellectual disabilities.
New home of the New York Mets
Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets minor-league baseball affiliate.
Madison Square Garden
Home of New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty women’s basketball, New York Titans lacrosse, music concerts and other special events.
Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Home of the Staten Island Yankees, the Yankees minor-league baseball affiliate.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Home of the U.S. Open and other tennis events.
Home of the New York Yankees.
A public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) that provides comprehensive eye exams and care for up to one year, often at no out-of-pocket expense to eligible candidates age 65 or older.
A public health program that provides comprehensive vision assessment by member optometrists to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies during the first year of life, regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage.
Lions Clubs International
A volunteer service organization with local chapters; sponsors community programs that may help with the purchasing of corrective eyewear or obtaining eye health care for individuals that meet their criteria. Use the Club Locator on the organization’s website to find a Lions Club near you.
Coordinated by the American Optometric Association (AOA), this program provides free eye care to eligible uninsured, low-income workers and their families.
Mission Cataract USA
Provides free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled on one day each year.
New Eyes for the Needy
Purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the U.S. who cannot afford prescription glasses on their own.
Sight for Students
A Vision Service Plan (VSP) program that provides free eye exams and glasses to eligible low-income and uninsured children 18 years and younger.
Patient Access Network
Helps eligible underinsured patients afford the copayments for pharmaceutical treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Medicare Benefit for Eye Exams for People with Diabetes
People with diabetes can get a yearly dilated eye exam to check for diabetic eye disease.
Medicare Benefit for Eye Exams for People with Glaucoma
People at high risk for glaucoma are entitled to an eye exam once a year. Patients must pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Covers doctor visits, prescription medicines, hospitalizations and much more for children 18 years and younger at little or no cost. In addition, many states pay dental care, eye care and medical equipment costs. To find health coverage programs in your state, visit the InsureKidsNow.gov website.