Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany
301 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 463-1211 (Local)
(518) 463-3585 (Fax)

Brief Description

NABA is a comprehensive rehabilitation agency providing a full range of services to people of all ages who are legally blind or experiencing significant vision loss. It assists individuals in seven upstate counties: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie. In 2002, some of NABA's services were expanded to reach individuals in Eastern Montgomery, Fulton, Warren and Washington counties.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: hundreds
Staff description: 82 staff members including 66 full-time and 16 part-time. Uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Capital region of New York State -plus Southern Saratoga, eastern Fulton & Montgomer, Ulster, Duchess, Schoharie, Greene & Columbia
Publications: Brighter Horizons (newsletter), NABA Vision (newsletter).


Chris Burke, Executive Director, (518) 463-1211 225,
Ann Gallagher-Sagaas, Co-Director of Community Services and Social Worker, (518) 463-1211 223,
Cheryl Lawyer, Coordinator, Outreach Services, (518) 463-1211 234,
Kathryn Miklowitz, KidSight Outreach Specialist,
Michele O'Hare, Director, Development & Communications, (518) 463-1211,
Maureen Strainge, Co-Director of Community Services, (518) 463-1211 229,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation System (CVES) available. Provides evaluation of independent living skills.
  • Assistive Products
    • Sells closed-circuit televisions, adaptive devices and appliances.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Letters, menus, legal documents, birthday and holiday cards, small manuals and booklets.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach/informational presentations to community groups.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Provides case management, social evaluation, psychological testing and evaluation, referral to community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides remedial education, sensory training, and instruction in personal management, handwriting, listening skills, typing, and home management in client's home and community.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, job retention, job retraining, vocational placement, follow-up service. Provides facility-based employment.
  • In-Home Services
    • Provides in-home vision-related rehabilitation services and vision services for seniors.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides general information on blindness/visual impairment and refers to community resources.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Prescribes low vision devices and trains in their use, to allow the individual to maximize his or her remaining vision.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Adaptive Living Program - to help older adults successfully "age in place" as they experience vision loss. Services include low vision exam, vision rehabiliation services, orientation & mobility and counseling
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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