A self-help organization dedicated to improving the lifestyle and independence of the blind and visually impaired
On April 24, Terence Page and Derek Pollitt wandered into Lincoln Center’s Library of the Performing Arts. The library is a magnificent two-story reserve at the edge of the plaza with a white stone façade and inlaid oak grain paneling throughout the interior, with polished gray granite floors. It is dedicated to housing thousands and thousands of recorded performances on DVD, from dramas, comedies, musicals, ballet, modern dance, operas and much, much more. And would you believe there are only maybe eleven audio-described performances on DVD, and only five are on the premises, though Mr. McMullin, a librarian in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Division, wasn’t even sure! He could not tell us if the library’s streaming service Kanopy which was started in 2017, had audio-described movies.
After informing Mr. McMullin about our issues, he sent me an email from the Head Librarian promising to address our complaints. He stated this may take a while and that the process is slow, but that they will address our concerns.
We at GNYCB will stay on this situation and make sure we get what we pay for. After all, libraries are for everyone.
On April 24, CUNY held its annual College Assistance Program (CAP) Conference for Disabled Students at John Jay College. CAP is a program designed to help students transfer from the classroom to the work environment. The conference was well-attended by the CUNY colleges and some private colleges and universities, such as Fordham University and the School of Visual Arts. Victor Andrews, a member of our Board of Directors; Derek Pollitt, Head of our Membership Committee; and Terence Page, President of our chapter, were allowed to attend this event because of our association with Mr. Andrews, saving our organization the $500 entrance fee. Our chapter was granted time at the podium to introduce our group, its accomplishments, and our website.
The conference provided us a wealth of networking opportunities! Our band of representatives was introduced to the Disabled Student Officers of City University, the School of Visual Arts, Fordham University, and many others. Mr. Pollitt happened to be a classmate of two of the Disabled Student Officers, guaranteeing a long-term connection to a pool of newer and younger members for our organization. One of the nuggets gleaned from the conference is that the School of Visual Arts has blind and visually impaired students on its roster. Our chapter has been graciously granted a tour of the facilities of the School of Visual Arts. (date to be announced)
On Saturday, June 1, the Greater New York Council of the Blind (GNYCB), a chapter of the American Council of the Blind, continues its goal of having the cable providers address your issues in person. Shavi Shapiro, a representative of Verizon, will address our organization from 2:00-4:00 at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, 40 West 20th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Come out and get your accessibility questions answered. We at GNYCB welcome all to attend, so please spread the word. And please visit our website, gnycb.org, to find out what else we are doing for our community!
On April 25, Lori Scharff, President of the ACB of New York, contacted the President of GNYCB to say that she'd been contacted by Josh Rifkin, manager of the Apple store on 59th Street in Manhattan. He wanted her to know that New York City Apple stores wanted to reach out to the local ACB chapter to promote “Accessibility Week” in Apple stores. Due to the lateness of the outreach phone call, GNYCB was not able to partake in “Accessibility Week." But Josh Rifkin and Edwin Ramirez Pery, manager of another Apple store in Manhattan, have assured us that you can get the schedule of accessibility classes for your local Apple store, and that an Apple representative will speak to our chapter about the latest updates for Apple products (to be scheduled). Please see the link below for the Accessibility classes offered throughout New York City:https://www.apple.com/today/calendar/?topics=accessibility-audience
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 Jul. 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6. All are welcome! Come on out and help shape the world!
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
This section of our site is dedicated to the health and well-being of blind and visually impaired persons.
For questions regarding the Greater New York Council of the Blind, email our President
If you have any comments regarding this site, email the Webmaster / Corresponding Secretary or call us at 929-244-9272
The Greater New York Council of the Blind is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.