Fund for the Blind, Inc.

What We Fund

The Lavelle Fund for the Blind funds the following program areas:

EYE CARE (Medical and other health-related)

This includes medical (ophthalmic) treatment and surgery for eye diseases and disorders, optometric treatment and eyeglass prescriptions, and public health efforts to control the spread of communicable eye diseases.

SERVICES TO OR ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE WITH IRREVERSIBLE VISION LOSS (Non-medical)

Vision Rehabilitation and Low Vision Services.  These include an array of professional services and adaptive devices designed to prepare people who are blind or visually impaired to live independent, productive lives.   Examples include:

  • Undergoing training in skills of daily living (e.g., eating, cooking, personal hygiene), safe mobility in the home and community, and adaptive communications skills (reading and writing Braille and accessing Braille, large-print, and recorded books).
  • Preparing for and obtaining appropriate paid work.
  • Learning to use adaptive computer technology and, as needed, being fitted with low vision optical devices.

Education

  • Education Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Students.  Examples include instructional and therapeutic services to K-12 students who are blind and visually impaired.
  • Lavelle Fund College Scholarship Program.  This provides last-dollar-of-need scholarships to New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and studying at selected partner colleges and universities in the Tri-State New York Area.  (For more information, please click on the Scholarship Program tab.)

Training for Vision Professionals & Para-Professionals.  Examples include university and other training programs for the teachers, rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals and aides who serve blind and visually impaired people.

Information and Referral Services.  Often internet- or phone-based , these services inform blind and visually impaired people and their families about:  eye diseases and disorders; available medical and vision rehabilitation care and technology; and contact data for local care providers.  They also often provide blind consumers and their families with opportunities to network with people facing similar challenges.

Access to Religious Services.  This includes access to church and religious education services (e.g., liturgical readings and religious books in accessible formats) and vision services for Catholic religious and clergy.