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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Chapter Events

New York Taste for Sight

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

Join us at the third annual New York Taste for Sight to enjoy a selection of wines, spirits, and seasonal fare in support of the urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness: to find preventions, treatments, and cures for retinal degenerative diseases.

Click here to sponsor, purchase tickets, or donate.

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

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