New York City Chapter Meeting and Events

Recap on December 12, 2015 Chapter Speaker Series Presentation: Making the Workplace Work for You
On Saturday, December 12th more than 60 people joined the New York City Chapter for a panel discussion titled Making the Workplace Work for You at the Mid-Manhattan Library. The six panelists and the moderator shared their personal stories in finding and transitioning to meaningful employment while visually impaired. The overarching message was one of hope and determination.
For information about our next Chapter Speaker Series or any other chapter activities please contact Katie Van Benschoten at (212) 244-1470 or

Manhattan Networking/Support Group

For more information, please contact Sandy Padernacht at

Queens Networking/Support Group

For more information, please contact Sherry Rogers at or (718) 263-7638.

Stargardts Networking/Support Group

For more information, please contact Michelle Ritholz at or (646) 784-3643.

Young Professionals Networking/Support Group
This group is targeted for young professionals and students in their 20s and 30s.

Please contact Josh Steinberg at

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Picture This! Workshops for Adults Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted
Awaken the senses in workshops that make works of art accessible through detailed descriptions, touch, and other activities. Free but registration is required. Contact  the Access and Community Programs at 212-650-2010 or

The Museum of Modern Art

The museum’s Art inSight program is held monthly in the Museum galleries. Listen to specially trained lecturers give extensive visual descriptions of artwork and participate in discussions about a variety of themes, artists, and exhibitions. Art inSight is free of charge. Space is limited and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, please call Access Programs at (212) 408-6347 or e-mail

Healing Arts Initiative 
Healing Arts Initiative is a New York City non-profit committed to making art and culture accessible to blind and visually impaired residents and visitors. They  provide live professional description services to blind theater-goers.  Trained describers speak live through a small ear-piece and offer blow-by-blow description of stage settings, live action, costumes and scenery.  
212 575 7665