Catholic Guild for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Catholic Guild for the Blind
1011 First Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
(212) 371-1000 2097 (Local)
(212) 421-0021 (Fax)

Brief Description

A department of Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 400
Number of staff: 17
Staff description: 9 full-time, 8 part-time.
Geographic area served: New York City area, Mid-Hudson Valley


218 Church St.
Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan Counties
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Judith Katzen, Director, (646) 794-2097,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Instruction in Braille for adult learners for employment and academics.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Computer training using assistive technology such as JAWS (screen reader software), and ZOOM TEXT(magnification software). Provides training in Microsoft Office Suite,Internet searches and other training as needed. Classes to become a certified A+ Computer Support Technician and prepare for the CompTIA exam.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal care, meal management, financial management and home management, and adaptive communication skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Classes in work readiness and soft skills needed to succeed in employment, resume writing and job placement services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referrals to low vision services. Referrals to social service agencies including programs offered through Catholic Charities Community Services.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers group counseling for Spanish speakers.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Certified Instructors provides orientation and mobility training. Training includes and not limited to: use of long cane and support cane, travel in unfamiliar environments, movement in home surroundings and use of public transportation.
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