Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind



NYSCB Contributes Resources, Time to Local Communities for Centennial Celebration

The NYS Commission for the Blind is giving back to local communities commemorate its centennial celebration. The contributions, which benefit New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired in New York City, Albany, and Buffalo, are detailed below.



NYSCB made a contribution for the purchase of a state-of-the-art Braille display to the New York Public Library (NYPL) Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Books Library. It was unveiled at a public reception on March 13.

“NYSCB works with New Yorkers who are legally blind to help them achieve independence, and to overcome the obstacles to their full inclusion into society. Expanding the resources available at the Heiskell Library helps access to learning that can bring people closer to that goal,” said NYSCB District Manager Jason Eckert. “This library helps books come to life for individuals who are legally blind, and we are thrilled to be able to make a contribution for all the patrons that use it.”

“The New York Public Library is thrilled to be hosting the NYSCB for their centennial," said Caroline Ashby, Chief Librarian of the NYPL's Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. "The Library is also deeply grateful to the NYSCB for their generous gift of a state-of-the-art braille display that will benefit many New Yorkers that both of our organizations serve. Assistive technology such as this opens up doors, making it easier for individuals who are blind and visually impaired to access information, gain knowledge, and inspire creativity.”



NYSCB held an outreach event at Crossgates Mall on March 15 that included the demonstration of assistive technology tools and equipment that help New Yorkers who are legally blind achieve independence through employment.

“Expert counseling, training, and adaptive equipment can provide a strong foundation for success in helping clients to reach their employment goals,” said NYSCB District Manager Craig Walton. “We are delighted to have an opportunity not only to reach out to our clients, but also to show the public what we are capable of when we work together. A busy Saturday afternoon is a great opportunity to get the word out, and we thank Crossgates Mall for providing us with space for our celebration.”



NYSCB made a contribution for the purchase of Braille and large-print books to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. The public browsed the new collection at a reception on March 19.

“NYSCB strives to reach out to New Yorkers who are legally blind to help them reach their full potential and live independent lives, and encouraging a love of reading is an important part of that,” said Jane Sullivan, District Manager for the NYSCB’s Buffalo and Rochester region. “We wanted to think creatively about celebrating our centennial locally, and a gift of large print and Braille books seemed to us like a gift that literally keeps on giving. These materials will be available for years to come for library patrons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.”

“We are delighted to partner with the NYSCB to recognize its 100 years of service. We are all the more pleased that the Commission is helping our libraries expand services to people in our community who are legally blind,” said Library System Director Mary Jean Jakubowski. “This incredible donation will open pathways to learning we would not be able to offer without NYSCB’s help. We are sincerely grateful.”



NYSCB made a contribution for the purchase of Braille and large-print books to the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. The public browsed the new collection at a reception on April 4. 

“NYSCB is thrilled to contribute large-print and Braille materials to our local library in honor of our centennial celebration. We work with New Yorkers who are legally blind to maximize their personal and professional potential, and fostering an interest in reading plays an integral part in helping them achieve independence,” said NYSCB District Manager Jane Sullivan. “These materials will touch generations to come right here in our local communities.”

“We have seen a consistent increase in requests for library materials that allow the blind and visually impaired members of our community to partake in the reading pleasures that our sighted customers take for granted,” said Patricia Uttaro, director of the Monroe County Library System. “We are very grateful to the Commission for the Blind and their generous donation, which allows us to better serve this segment of our population.”