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Grant Helps Olmstead Center of Sight Upgrade Software

Grant funding totaling $20,000 for the Olmstead Center for Sight (The Statler Center, OSC) will go toward the purchase of Sage 100c, a comprehensive and fully accessible accounting software that will be used across the organization for finance, training and provide gainful employment to individuals with sight impairment. The software will greatly enhance the center’s ability to efficiently manage all financial activities of the organization. OCS has 180 employees across multiple programs and sites. By purchasing this software, OCS will also be able to offer gainful employment to sight-impaired individuals in the agency’s manufacturing division through a contract with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB). OCS’ current accounting software is incapable of integrating.

Assisting the Blind & Visually Impaired

Olmstead was founded in 1907 as the Buffalo Association for the Blind. Their mission of assisting the blind, visually impaired and the physically challenged lead productive and independent lives. The Statler Center was established in 1999 as a unique concept in employment training for those who are blind/visually impaired or physically disabled. Located in Buffalo N.Y, the Statler Center is the vocational training program of Olmsted Center for Sight.

One of the first projects of its kind, the Statler Center provides physically challenged, blind or visually impaired individuals with the appropriate career-based skills they need to achieve a competitive wage, and career employment. Their vocational training programs are a unique and proven model in training and employment that provides their graduates with the right tools for successful careers in the high-demand hospitality and telecommunications industries.