News From NYVRA


On June 18, 2015 the Licensing Bill for vision impairment specialists with a specialization in Orientation & Mobility and/or Vision Rehabilitation Therapy passed both houses of the New York State Legislature with unanimous consent and was subsequently vetoed by the governor.  In March 2019 the bill was revised and reintroduced in the legislature thanks to the extremely hard work of Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. 

On May 31, 2019 the bill to License Vision Impairment Specialists (S4695) passed the Senate 57-0 and is now in the hands of the assembly!

Many thanks to our Government Relations partners Greenberg Traurig and Jonathan Bing.

To view the bill text and progress within the legislature please link to the Assembly here.

You may also search for the bill using the following new bill numbers, A6875 in the Assembly or S4695 in the Senate under their respective 2019-2020 legislative calendars.

Thank you for supporting quality education and rehabilitation for blind and visually impaired consumers in New York State.  You may also download our licensure fact sheet here for more information.