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New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB)


Administers programs and services to enhance employability, maximize independence, and assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind. Programs include:

Equipment Loan Fund, which allows individuals to borrow up to $4,000 to purchase adaptive equipment.

Children's services for children who are legally blind, including early intervention rehabilitation, working with and empowering parents, arranging services to supplement educational activities, and ensuring a smooth transition to adult services.

Vocational rehabilitation programs for adults and youth ages 14 to 21 years, which provide a number of services, including assessment, information and referral, casework services, job coaching, orientation and mobility training, independent living skills training, and assistive technology assistance.

Independent living services for individuals who are not eligible for vocational rehabilitation services and who are not receiving services through another NYSCB Program. These services are provided based on individual need and may include orientation and mobility services, rehabilitation teaching, low vision services and devices, social casework, and adaptive equipment.

Eligibility: No restrictions

Application Process: Call or go online for information and services

Required Documentation: Varies; call for required documentation

Fees: None

Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga, and Tompkins counties


Syracuse Regional Office Commission for the Blind:
315-423-5417 (Reception)
Syracuse Regional Office Commission for Blind Children's Ser:
315-423-5417 (District Manager)
NYS Equipment Loan Fund:
District Manager:
315-484-3201 (Alternate Number)



100 South Salina Street
Suite 105
Syracuse NY 13202


Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5 PM


Julie Hovey
Associate Commissioner

Disabilities Access

Fully Accessible


Language Line or in-person interpretation services, Acholi, Afrikaans, Spanish, French, Abenaki

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