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General Information

Lighthouse Guild International
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-6200 (Local)
(800) 284-4422 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Jewish Guild Healthcare (formerly the Jewish Guild for the Blind) is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian agency that serves persons of all ages who are visually impaired, blind and multi-disabled. The Guild offers a broad range of programs that include medical, vision, low vision rehabilitation, psychiatric and rehabilitative services, managed long-term care, adult day health care programs, a school, and educational training programs for independent living. We also offer training to care providers and professionals who interact with persons with vision loss, as well as a tele-support program nationally to the parents of children with vision impairment.

Hours of operation: Varies by program. General office hours are 8:30 AM-5:30 PM.
Number of staff: 600
Geographic area served: New York State


Lighthouse Guild International
2 Clara Barton Drive
Albany, NY 12208

Lighthouse Guild International
One North Lexington Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601


Wanda Figueroa-Kilroy, President, GuildNet, (212) 769-7853,
Linda Gerra, Director, Educational Services, (212) 769-6318,
Patricia Hayden, Director, Adult Day Health Care Network, (212) 769-6314,
Alan Morse, President/CEO, (212) 769-6215,
Annemarie O'Hearn, VP, Education and Training, (518) 436-1520,
Cathleen Wirts, Senior VP Corporate Development and Communications, (212) 769-6276,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training at the Adaptive Technology Center.
  • Counseling
    • Has a licensed mental health clinic in addition to vocational and educational counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers services and programs providing rehabilitation, activities of daily living, adaptive physical education, counseling and vocational assessment.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides evaluation and treatment. Provides special optical devices, such as extra-strength lenses, hand-held magnifiers and small telescopes.
  • Services for Seniors
    • The Guild provides an Adult Day Health Care program called GuildCare, in Albany, Buffalo, Manhattan, Niagara Falls, and Yonkers. The Guild also provides GuildNet, a Managed Long-Term-Care plan, which provides an extensive array of Medicaid-covered services for seniors eligibile for nursing home placement but who wish to remain in their own homes. The Guild also offers the Guild Institute for Vision and Aging, at Jewish Home Lifecare in the Bronx.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • The Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Guild School serves students aged five through 21 who are blind, visually impaired and have additional disabilities. These are students whose needs cannot be met within the public school system. The goal of The Guild School is to maximize the independence of each student through a curriculum designed to develop skills and abilities.
  • Information and Referral
    • GuildScholar Program. The Guild offers an annual scholarship program for college-bound high school students who are legally blind. Applications are accepted from students at the beginnng of their senior year, with recipients selected and scholarships awarded later in the senior year.
  • Support for Parents
    • The National Tele-support Network hosts on-going Telephone Support Groups for parents of children with visual impairment. Groups are composed of parents, from across the USA, with children who have the same eye conditions.
  • Support Groups
    • Through its Children's Vision Health Initiative, The Guild offers a National Tele-Support Network that hosts on-going Telephone Support Groups for parents of children with visual impairment. Groups are composed of parents from across the United States with children who often have the same eye condition. They are professionally facilitated, at no cost to parents, and meet by phone on a weekly basis.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers education and training for those who care for persons with vision loss.
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