New York City

Message from the President:

Welcome to the New York City Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (NYC FFB).   We are dedicated to providing support for the blind and low vision community, increasing public awareness and raising funds for a cure. 

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VisionWalk Update:

12th Annual New York VisionWalk

Make a difference! Join us in Central Park for a fun, family-friendly event to celebrate the fundraising efforts of the New York, Long Island, and New Jersey communities, and to get together with friends and family of those who share a similar goal of finding a cure. We will have plenty of activities, including face painting, music and a whole lot more.

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 9:00am – Check-In
10:15am – Stage Presentation and Walk Start
Location: New York, NY
Venue: Central Park—Naumberg Bandshell

Take important steps toward a cure – walk with the Foundation Fighting Blindness on Saturday, April 14th! 

To learn more about or sign-up for the New York VisionWalk visit:

Chapter Presentations and Events

New York City Fashion & Finance Ball

Please join us for a night out at the Fashion and Finance Ball where you will place your own stamp on retinal research history!

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, as a result of outstanding medical research and development, is on the cusp of saving and restoring sight to millions of people who are affected by retinal degenerative diseases. Thanks to generous donors like you, treatments have already begun. Please continue to help us find a cure!

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Time: 6:00pm Reception
7:00pm Dinner and Awards
City: New York, NY
Venue: 583 Park

More information, including sponsorships, tickets, and donations can be found at

Featured Volunteer

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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Contact Us:

Carl Gruber
President, New York City Chapter

Katie Van Benschoten
Events Director (NYC Chapter and Special Events)

80 Broad Street
Suite 3301
New York, NY  10004
Phone: (212) 244-1470
Fax: (212) 244-1540