VISIONS Services for the Blind
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 As part of their programs for the blind, VISIONS has realized a major goal in the building of the first  residential  rehabilitation center for the blind in New York State.  The center is designed to enable the newly blind to focus intensively on adjusting to blindness, learning independent living and job skills, in a residential setting with the support of other adults with vision loss. The new building is now the hub of VISIONS’ 37 acre Rockland County camp.   The easy to navigate plan of the 18,000sf new building reflects the two parts of the program, with the training and residential facilities in separate one and two story wings. Where the two wings intersect is the main gathering space – a double height dining room. The training wing includes a computer center, classrooms, a gym, a therapy room and a training kitchen; as well as a commercial kitchen and offices. The residential wing contains bedrooms and a suite for 30 residents and two staff bedrooms, and two lounges.   The center provides a safe and secure environment for the blind, while also balancing those special features with the need to provide a training site. There was a clear goal not to make the building “over-adapted”.   Photography by Elliott Kaufman

New Hempstead, NY