The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc. (NABA) held a dedication ceremony for The Gibney Youth Center today, unveiling the center's new adaptive kitchen and performance stage.
The Gibney Youth Center will help support NABA's year-round program that provides on-going and consistent rehabilitation, integrated activities for visually impaired youth ages 8-17. The focus of the Youth Programming is to enhance each child’s opportunity to become independent adults. As Executive Director Christopher Burke explained during the ceremony, NABA offers services on a continuum, and effort spent now to help children learn to confidently navigate through real-life situations, will help them maintain their independence as adults.
The Gibney Youth Center would not have been possible without the help from
· The Gibney Family Foundation
· Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc.
· Ronald McDonald House Charities
· The Hannaford Charitable Foundation
· Marcella’s Appliances
· Skidmore College’s Theatre Department
· Sano-Rubin Construction Services, LLC
· New York State Commission for the Blind
After the dedication ceremony, staff demonstrated some of the adaptive tools that the kitchen and adjacent laundry room have. The kitchen includes a gas and electric stove, high contrast counter surfaces, and braille on the stove, dishwasher and other appliances. NABA also expanded the hallways that connect the kitchen with the rest of the facilities, which will enable them to use the area as a gallery space for the Blind Artists Society. For more photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page.
The Gibney Youth Center is located inside the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, located at 301 Washington Avenue. For more information, please visit their website: http://naba-vision.org/