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:

Help us save lives one step at time by joining us for the 11th Annual New York City VisionWalk on Saturday, April 8th at the Fountain of the Planets in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY. Please join us in making this year our most successful one yet!

Register yourself, your team or donate on the New York VisionWalk page.

For more information, please contact Katie Van Benschoten at (212) 244-1470 or

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Chapter Presentations and Events

Blindness Busting March Moneymaker

Join us on Saturday, March 18th at Canz-a-City Roadhouse (1610 Old Country Road, Westbury, New York 11590) for burgers, beer and basketball! Michael Kalberer will be hosting this fundraising event on behalf of his team, The Visionaries, from 12:30pm-5:30pm. The $20 entry fee goes directly to The Visionaries’ VisionWalk fundraiser and includes 2 beers and an appetizer or unlimited soft drinks and a sandwich with fries.

NY Chapter Speaker Series Presentation Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:30pm - Registration
6-7:30pm - Program
7:30-8:30pm - Reception

Duane Morris Law Firm
1540 Broadway, 14th Floor
Conference Room
New York, NY 10036

Rebecca Alexander, LCSW-R, MPH; Steve Fialkoff; Brian Fischler; Ed Plumacher

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
(917) 417-7076

Katie Van Benschoten
Events Director

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