The Youth and Vision Loss Coalition was founded on November 1, 2013 with the generous support of The New York Community Trust and JP Morgan Chase-de Coizart Charitable Trust.

The purpose of the Coalition is:

  • to provide information and resources to young people who are blind or experiencing vision loss including parents, guardians and caregivers
  • works to improve the quality and extent of services, to children with vision loss from birth to twenty-one years
  • advocate for better systems in all realms (education, social, etc.)to better meet the complex needs of the increasing numbers of children with vision loss including those with multiple disabilities
  • advocates for specialized vision services for all children who need them in the most appropriate setting full implementation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its amendments.

There is no cost to be a member of the Coalition.

The Coalition involves all members to guarantee that all young people in need of vision services are identified as early as possible and get the full range of services they need.

The Coalition aims to distribute five handbooks respective to children's needs in their age groups:

  • General
  • Early Intervention
  • Preschool
  • School Age (Kindergarten to 12th grade)
  • Transition to Adulthood

On this webpage our visitors will find:

  • List of Coalition members and the services they offer
  • The five handbooks 
  • A directory of resources and acronyms
  • Advocacy goals.

                                      Members include:                                    


Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS)
Lavelle School for the Blind
NY Institute for Special Education


Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID)
National Federation of the Blind New York (NFBNY)
Parents of Blind Children of NY (POBCNY)

Long Island

American Council of the Blind of New York (ACBNY)


Art Beyond Sight/Education for the Blind
Catholic Guild for the Blind
Family Kind
Foundation for Fighting Blindness
Harlem Independent Living Center
Helen Keller International
Hunter College
JP Morgan Chase
Lavelle Fund of the Blind

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Jewish Heritage
NY Community Trust
SUNY College of Optometry
Whitney Museum


NY Deaf-Blind Collaborative

Staten Island

City Access NY
Modest Community Services
Parent to Parent NY
Person Centered Care Services

Upstate NY

Children's Vision Coalition
Dominican College
Readers Digest Partners for Sight

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