All YPL locations will be closed Sunday, Feb. 12 & Monday, Feb. 13 in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and Sunday, Feb. 19 & Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Washington’s Birthday.

Free Tele-Support Group for Adults with Vision Loss

Living with vision loss is challenging, but you don’t have to face it alone! The Lighthouse Guild is now operating a bi-weekly tele-support group for adults (including seniors) dealing with vision loss. You can join from the comfort of your own home by phone or online. A licensed professional will lead the discussions to:

  • Offer support on how to cope with vision loss.
  • Help you find information and resources.
  • Provide opportunities to network and connect with others.
  • Encourage you to find solutions to vision-related challenges.

There will also be presentations by guest speakers who will share their stories and expertise. And you’ll be able to ask questions and join the discussion! Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 2 pm. To register, call 212-769-7833 or visit online. If you have any questions or for more information, email

The Lighthouse Guild also continues to offer remote support and tele-health during the COVID-19 crisis. Please call, if you have any questions:

Behavioral Health: 212-769-7820
Licensed behavioral health specialists continue to offer crisis support and treatment for people with or at risk of vision loss, to reduce emotional distress, overcome challenges and advance mental health. Therapy and support services include individual and group psychotherapy, provided via telephone and videoconferencing.

Health Center: 212-769-6313
Medical services, including primary care, endocrinology, and nutrition service, are being offered
via tele-medicine to existing patients. Anyone in need of a low-vision examination can contact the Lighthouse and low-vision specialists will call to take a history and discuss low-vision needs. Low-vision examinations will be scheduled for new and existing patients as soon as office visits resume.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: 646-874-8545
The Lighthouse can help individuals of all ages apply to the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), if eligible. A variety of vocational rehabilitation services are now being provided via telephone and video sessions for NYSCB clients.

Family Support: 212-769-6318
The Family Support Network regularly offers tele-support groups for parents of children with vision loss as well as for teens with vision loss (in both English and Spanish). A professional facilitator leads the discussion.

Professional Education and Training: 800-539-4845
The Lighthouse offers many eLearning programs for healthcare professionals and others to provide effective care and support for people with vision loss.