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General Information

Association for the Visually Impaired
260 Old Nyack Turnpike
Spring Valley, NY 10977
(845) 574-4950 (Local)
(845) 574-4944 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. (AVI) is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1973, that serves blind and severely visually impaired residents of Rockland and Orange Counties in New York. Services are provided on a one-to-one basis in consumers' homes and communities. Our mission is provide rehabilitation and counseling services to enable blind and severely visually impaired individuals to retain or regain maximum independence and to continue to live in their homes and be participating members of their communities and to enable our consumers to function independently and to maximize their potential.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Staff description: 11 full-time, 4 part-time, plus volunteers.
Geographic area served: Orange and Rockland Counties.
Publications: Quarterly newsletter.


Beth Bate-DuBoff, Executive Director,
Jayne Malkin, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, (845) 574-
Terri Principe, Program Administrator/TVI, (845) 574-4950,
Yolanda Rihlmann, Employment Specialist, (845) 574-4950,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Educates professionals, paraprofessionals, seniors and the general public about visual impairment and how to assist visually impaired or blind individuals.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides consumers access to assistive technology.

      Demonstrations and instruction are provided regarding low vision reading systems, computer access software and speech recognition and voice controlled systems.

  • Counseling
    • Offers social evaluation, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, referral to community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal and home management skills, daily living skills, and instruction in the use of low vision devices.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides employment placement services. Employment specialists works one on one with consumers who wish to be employed.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers training in cane and safe travel skills, use of residual vision, and navigation of home, school, community environment.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Assessment and evaluations provided by teachers of visually impaired (TVI) following referrals.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille alphabet readiness skills taught by teachers of visually impaired (TVI) to prepare visually impaired child for kindergarten when appropriate.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • A resource technology center is located at main offices. Instruction provided by vision rehabilitation therapist when applicable.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Training in daily living skills provided by rehabilitation therapist in individual's home, school or employment setting.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Early intervention services provided to children, aged birth to five years old, in home, preschool. Service provided by teacher of visually impaired (TVI).
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Employment placement services provided to blind individuals wishing to work and earn funds. Employment specialist develops job opportunities and acts as a liaison between employer and blind individual.
  • Information and Referral
    • Social workers facilitate educational support groups as well as information and referral to needed additional services.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Provides one-on-one functional vision training.
  • Support Groups
    • Educational/Support Groups provide blind and visually impaired individuals information about community resources and the opportunity to discuss common problems.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training programs to community agencies, professionals, and public education to community members. Offers internship and fieldwork placement in social work.
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