Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind

Children's Program

NYSCB provides rehabilitation services to children who are legally blind. Early intervention, working with and empowering parents, arranging services to supplement educational activities and ensuring a smooth transition to adult services are all key to maximizing the future independence of each child.

Working with the family, a NYSCB Children's Consultant will help develop a plan to meet the child's needs. The plan may include services provided in the home, the community and/or private rehabilitation agencies. The consultant may provide counseling and guidance to the family, advocacy services, educational consultation and vocational coordination.

NYSCB also provides children with the opportunity to attend summer camps and year-round recreation programs that they might not otherwise be able to attend without the support of the New York State Commission for the Blind. The goal of the recreation programs is to provide children with opportunities that encourage independence and increase self-confidence.

For more information on the NYSCB Children's Program, contact your nearest district office children's consultant:

Buffalo consultants

Robert Barbera phone: (716) 847-3533
Tammy Irvin phone: (585) 238-8106

Syracuse consultant

Dayna Bergan phone: (315) 423-5439

Albany consultant

Sabrina Cary phone: (518) 473-4359

White Plains consultant

Joanne Russotti phone: (914) 993-5381

Manhattan consultant

Paul Geraci phone: (212) 825-7364

Hempstead consultant

Arnold Chapman phone: (516) 564-4319