Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany

General Information

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

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.


Chris Burke, Executive Director,, 518 463 1211 ext.225

Maureen Strainge, Co-Director of Community Services,, 518 463 1211 ext.229

Kathryn Miklowitz, KidSight Outreach Specialist,

Cheryl Lawyer, Coordinator, Outreach Services,, 518 463 1211 ext.234

Michele O'Hare, Director, Development & Communications,, 518 463 1211

Malissa Zatlokowicz,

Services Offered

  • Counseling
    • Provides case management, social evaluation, psychological testing and evaluation, referral to community services.

  • 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.

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement and in-service training programs.

  • 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.

  • Assessment
    • Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation System (CVES) available. Provides evaluation of independent living skills.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers on-site technical assistance on contract basis.

  • 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.

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach/informational presentations to community groups.

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells closed-circuit televisions, adaptive devices and appliances.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Letters, menus, legal documents, birthday and holiday cards, small manuals and booklets.

  • In-Home Services
    • Provides in-home vision-related rehabilitation services and vision services for seniors.