NYVRA Call to Action!
The bill to license O&M Specialists and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists passed in the NYS Senate and Assembly by unanimous consent on June 18, 2015.
This legislation was subsequently vetoed by Govenor Andrew Cuomo on December 11, 2015 and new bills were drafted and reintroduced in May 2016, January 2017, March 2019 and January 2021 thanks to the extremely hard work of Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.
Too many New York residents with visual impairments are going without cane travel instruction called orientation and mobility (O&M). Without a cane and instruction on street safety skills they are at risk, a risk IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act says they should not have to take.
To view the bill text and progress within the legislature navigate here.
Click or tap here to read the O&M Blog of Board member Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken.