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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 through 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, Saint Lawrence, Tioga, and Tompkins counties

Map and Directions

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

100 South Salina Street
Suite 350
Syracuse NY 13202

Website: ocfs.ny.gov/main

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Disabled: Fully Accessible


Syracuse Regional Office Commission for the Blind: 315-423-5417 (Reception)

Syracuse Regional Office Commission for Blind Children's Ser: 315-423-5425 (District Manager)

NYS Equipment Loan Fund: 518-474-0197

Fax: 315-423-5416

Toll-Free: 866-871-3000

Website: ocfs.ny.gov/main/cb

100 South Salina Street
Suite 105
Syracuse NY 13202


Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5 PM


Amy Carreno
District Manager, NYS Commission for the Blind, Syracuse Regional Office

Disabilities Access

Fully Accessible


Can accommodate any language through telephone or in-person interpretation services., Spanish, French, Abenaki, Acholi, Afrikaans

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