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General Information

Olmsted Center for Sight
1170 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 882-1025 (Local)
(716) 882-5577 (Fax)
info@olmstedcenter.org
www.olmstedcenter.org

Brief Description

Olmsted Center for Sight (OCS) is a non-profit organization under the leadership of Tammy Owen.

OCS has been a provider of quality services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired since 1907. Located in Buffalo, New York the organization offers vocational,educational and rehabilitation services to the visually impaired and/or physically disabled population.

Statler Center, a program of OCS developed in 1999, provides career training, placement and advancement service for individuals who are visually impaired and/or physically disabled. Statler Center has graduated more than 600 individuals from 35+ states as well as several other countries. Approximately 76% of Statler grads have successfully procured full or part time employment in hospitality or equivalent fields of customer service. Most earn wages significantly above the federal minimum, receive employee benefits and are eligible for career advancement.

The Vision Rehabilitation Department provides comprehensive programs and services to help maximize independence, safety and quality of life for individuals of all ages. Our Vision Clinic, with locations in Buffalo, Orchard Park and Tonawanda, offer specialized low vision evaluations to help maximize functional vision via the use of high-powered lenses, magnifiers, telescopes and lighting. Additional Rehabilitation services include: skills in daily living, safe/independent travel, counseling and linkages to resources.

Other Olmsted Center for Sight programs/services include: • Early Education Program • Employment/Placement • Housing • Assistive Technology • Manufacturing • Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Services • Senior Vision Services • Support Groups • VA Switchboard Operations • Youth Programs • 211 WNY • Distance Learning

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM (variable for client needs)
Number of staff: 160
Geographic area served: Primarily the eight counties of Western New York; job training programs via Statler Center reach an international audience; assistive technology services available in all of New York State.

Staff

Tom Ayers, VP - Business Development, (716) 888-4502, tayers@olmstedcenter.org
Patricia Dibble, Senior Property Manager, (716) 888-4689, pdibble@olmstedcenter.org
Renee DiFlavio, Senior VP, Development, (716) 888-4627, rdiflavio@olmstedcenter.org
Kelly Dodd, Director of Contact Center Services, (716) 842-2608, kdodd@olmstedcenter.org
Dan Genco, Director of Manufacturing, (716) 888-4678, dgenco@olmstedcenter.org
Chaunci Hinton-Thomas, Director Statler Center, (716) 888-4629, chinton@olmstedcenter.org
Brooke Kibrick, Public Relations & Communications Specialist & Event Coordinator, (716) 888-4564, bkibrick@olmstedcenter.org
Kim Kuzara, Director of the Early Education Program, (716) 836-7556, kkuzara@olmstedcenter.org
Esther McDonald, Medical Administrative Assistant, (716) 888-4556, visionclinic@olmstedcenter.org
Tamara Owen, President/CEO, (716) 882-1025, towen@olmstedcenter.org
Allan Rinard, Director of IT & AT, (716) 882-4644, arinard@olmstedcenter.org
Sheri Shaw, Vice President of Vision Services, (716) 888-4578, sshaw@olmstedcenter.org
Rashada Stewart, Job Developer, (716) 888-4526, rstewart@olmstedcenter.org
Franca Trinica, Chief Financial Officer, (716) 882-4530, ftrincia@olmstedcenter.org
Danielle Vacco, Director, Human Resources, (716) 882-4532, dvacco@olmstedcenter.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Olmsted Center provides outreach to better educate professional and the general public on programs and services related to vision impairment.

      We offer presentations,tours and educational opportunities with local organizations, businesses and senior services including but not limited to assisted living communities, senior centers and medical/community professionals.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • We offer entry level training for eligible candidates in computers as it relates to their education or vocation goals.

      Participants enrolled in our Statler Center will be instructed in Microsoft Office Suite including, Word, Outlook and Excel programs.
  • Counseling
    • Social casework provides adjustment to vision loss in both individual and group setting. As well as linkages to community resources for things like housing,finances,medical and transportation needs.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Our Vision Rehabilitation Therapists(VRT) provide individualized instruction to help maximize safety and independence in our clients homes, workplace and/or educational environments.

      These daily living skills may include meal management,financial management, communications, home care and personal/family care.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Olmsted offers individual and group programs to assist clients in preparing to enter or to re-enter the workforce.

      Vocational evaluations can assist with identifying personal interests and abilities in order to identify a potential career path. Work readiness training is available in a small group setting to best prepare you for all aspects of the upcoming job hunt.

      Our placement team works diligently to assist you in landing permanent competitive employment.
  • Housing Services
    • Housing options available for people with visual impairments and/or physically disabilities. There are six buildings located in Erie and Niagara Counties. Each complex has 24 units with a mix of one- and two-bedroom units that are all accessible.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about numerous local services for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Low Vision Services
    • If you or someone you know is experiencing vision impairment due to Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, stroke or sudden trauma, or if pharmaceuticals, surgery or lenses are no longer beneficial, the low vision clinic within the Olmsted Center for Sight may be able to assist in maximizing remaining vision, resulting in increased independence and/or quality of life.

      Optical devices including special lenses, magnifiers, telescopes and assistive technology are often found to be beneficial in enhancing one’s remaining vision.

      Living with low vision doesn’t have to mean a diminished quality of life. We teach you how to make the best use of your remaining sight so you can accomplish nearly everything you did before vision loss–just in a different way.

      A Comprehensive Vision Evaluation is provided by the Center’s Certified Low Vision Optometrist to assess the patient’s functional/remaining sight.

      We accept most major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Seniors are served through a variety of programs on site at the Vision Rehabilitation Clinic providing Rehabilitation Medicine from a Vision Perspective. The Physiatrist, Low Vision Optometrist, Nurse Practioner, Occupational Therapist and Social case worker provide services to address all of vision rehabilitaive needs. Follow-up in client's home is done to help accomplish them their goals and keep them independent.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • The ability to get around, and to do so safely, whether indoors or out, is a key element of independence for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

      Olmsted Center for Sight employs a team of professional orientation and mobility instructors who work one-on-one with clients to set and meet their mobility goals. Some may need to get around their own homes or workplaces; others may need or desire to travel outdoors in business or urban settings.

      Through a variety of methods such as use of residual vision, a sighted guide, long cane, guide dog or current technology, an individual with any degree of visual impairment can learn to travel with confidence.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Early Intervention Core Evaluations, CPSE initial evaluations, supplemental evaluations, and full education and vision assessments provided in the preschool program.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Olmsted Center offers vision assessments, evaluations and services to children 0 to 3 years of age.
  • Education Services
    • Olmsted offers educational programming at the pre-school and school aged levels. Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) provide one on one support in the classroom.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • We provide ..
  • Preschool Programs
    • Olmsted Center Early Education Program is a unique program for children with vision impairments and other disabilities.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and mobility training is provided to pre-school and school aged children in accordance with their IEP.
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