Message from the President:
Welcome to the NYC Chapter website! As your current President, I look forward to meeting you at upcoming chapter meetings and special events. Our chapter is one of the most active in the country.
Something we're known for is outreach to newcomers. If you've just received your diagnosis of a retinal disease and you want to learn more, the NYC Chapter is a great place to start!
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Go to Your Local VisionWalk >
Are you someone with a retinal degenerative disease who is hopeful for the cures for your visual impairment? If you are, then fret no more, because the perfect way to help is to join the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Vision Walk. Read More >
Chapter Meetings and Events:
Take part in one of our great networking groups, located in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and special groups just for people affected with Stargardt disease or parents of children with vision loss. Participants can benefit by: sharing coping skills, gaining new friendships, offering emotional support, and exchanging resources and information.
President, New York City Chapter
Director of Development, Greater New York
(212) 244-1470, ext. 15
80 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 244-1470
Fax: (212) 244-1540
The Incredible Resources ofNew York City’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
by Michelle Ritholz
A few years ago, after I was diagnosed at age 47 with Stargardt disease (juvenile macular degeneration), I discovered that it was becoming increasingly difficult for me to read print. Things which I had always taken for granted such as visually scanning the headlines of a newspaper, reviewing my written financial statements and checking out the onscreen guide on my television set all caused my eyes to strain almost immediately. I could still see the print, but not without considerable discomfort. How would I be able to manage reading an entire book? As a lifelong, avid fiction reader, this was a devastating realization.
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