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Greater New York Council of the Blind

A chapter of the American Council of the Blind of New York; An affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

A self-help organization dedicated to improving the lifestyle and independence of the blind and visually impaired

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Recent Things We Have Done

  • Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School
  • January 5, 2019 - At a meeting of the Greater New York Council of the Blind, an overwhelming vote was passed to donate $1,000 to The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School. The director, Dr. Leslie Jones, came to the November meeting of GNYCB to explain the issues facing the music school. Dr. Jones explained to all in attendance how the music school was doing after Lighthouse Guild decided to close the school. She stated this could be a great opportunity for the music school because it could promote its accomplishments, fundraise, and look for a permanent location. Dr. Jones impressed the room by announcing that The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School is the only community music school in the country that specializes in teaching and training blind and visually impaired musicians. The music school is also a resource center for blind and visually impaired musicians--not just in New York, but around the country. The music school provides services far beyond music lessons. It also transcribes ccompositions into Braille and provides music teaching material in Braille and large print. Now that the music school is independent from Lighthouse Guild, the school is free to be a completely independent music school. Currently, the music school is seeking a permanent residence but is sure it will find a suitable space soon.

    We in the Greater New York Council of the Blind encourage all persons and all chapters to reach out and support the music school. We were so thoroughly impressed by the accomplishments of the school that we felt it needed our support. Most of our members at some point have attended the music school and felt we owed it a debt of gratitude for bringing the joy of playing an instrument or singing into our lives.

    To make a donation to the music school, please contact Amanda Wheeler, Program Manager, at FMDG Music School (315) 842-4489

  • Cable Companies: Spectrum
  • On January 5, the new President of the Greater New York Council of the Blind brought forth his agenda for his term. Terence Page stated that he wanted GNYCB to demand that cable providers do what they're obligated to do by law. "Our money is just as good as everyone else’s, so why are we getting inferior service?" Mr. Page went on to say Spectrum, Verizon, and CableVision are not providing audio description, accessible billing, accessible contracts, accessible channel guides in Braille or large print, or accessible Web sites, among other issues. The providers are not guilty of breaking all of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and FCC (Federal Communications Commission) rules, but they all break the law in one way or another. "My goal is to bring all of the cable providers to our chapter to answer the question “Why?"

    With this goal in mind, Victor Andrews set off with a dogmatic and relentless goal to have a cable provider meet with our chapter.  Mr. Andrews has been very successful at getting the cable companies' attention. On March 2 from 2:00-4:00, the Disability Specialist from Spectrum, Petr Kucheryavyy, was the first to address our concerns. Mr. Andrews hopes to get Verizon to confirm for our April 6 or May 4 meeting.

    Our Meetings

    The Greater New York Council of the Blind meets on the first Saturday of the month from 2:00-4:00 at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Upcoming meeting dates are Apr. 6, May 4, and Jun. 1. All are welcome! Come on out and help shape the world!

    Board of Directors:

    President: Terence Page
    Vice President: Barbara Robins
    Treasurer: Gail Sussman
    Recording Secretary: Karyl Cafiero
    Corresponding Secretary: Rachel Graff
    Delegate / Legislative Representative: Maureen Moscato
    Board Members: Ellen Rubin, Sal Moscato, Victor Andrews, Karen Kacen
    Immediate Past President: Bob White

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