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Off-Campus Resources & Links

Local Services:

Adult Career & Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
NYS vocational rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities.

New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB)
Vocational rehabilitation and other direct services to legally blind New York State residents, including children, adults, and elderly persons.

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)
Vision rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier areas of New York.

Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)
Support independent living and disability resources by providing information and assistance for housing, transportation, home care, securing benefits and other disability services.

CDR’s DeafBlind Services
Support Service Provider (SSP) services available to eligible DeafBlind individuals.

Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester
An eye institute committed to providing state-of-the-art eye care for common and complex vision problems right in Upstate New York

Local Transportation:

Regional Transit Services (RTS)
Provides public transportation in Rochester.

RTS Access
Provides paratransit service in a defined area; applicants must meet eligible requirements.

Local Community Resources:

Rochester DeafBlind Community on Facebook

DeafBlind Awareness Committee (DBAC)


Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)
Provides training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Their regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States.

Tactile Communications
An FCC program serving people with combined significant vision and hearing loss who meet federal income guidelines. The equipment distribution program includes smartphones, tablets, computers, screen readers, braille displays, and adaptive software.

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families.

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)
A nonprofit, volunteer-based family association with a mission to empower the voices of families of individuals who are deaf-blind and to advocate for their unique needs.

DeafBlind Citizens in Action (DBCA)
A disability rights organization with a mission to empower people who are deafblind through education, technology, and legislation and to ensure that deafblind persons have a strong political voice so that they may lead productive lives with equal opportunities.

American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB)
National nonprofit consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters.

World Federation of the DeafBlind (WFDB)
A global non-governmental advocacy organization by and for people with deafblindness.