Olmstead Center for Sight (The Statler Center)
The First Nonprofit Foundation awarded the Olmsted Center for Sight (OCS) a $20,000 grant in 2018 to support the purchase and installation of comprehensive accounting software which is key to meeting our strategic priorities.
OCS purchased Sage 100 accounting software. This software is important for OCS’ Industries program. The software allows Finance to fully integrate the accounting process, specifically ordering and billing, with the Industries’ fulfillment and shipping process.
Prior to the software purchase, much of the interaction between the two departments was redundant, duplicative, and manual. As a result of the Sage 100 accounting installation, OCS has been able to electronically process orders and invoices and integrate with fulfillment and shipping.
Importantly, the software is adaptive to our blind and visually impaired staff which our previous software was not. As a result, OCS is processing twice as many orders with virtually the same staff. These savings can now be reallocated towards program delivery and additional investment in program growth, resulting in additional jobs for the blind and visually impaired.
Partnering with the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Helen Keller Services for the Blind, and VISIONS Services for the Blind, OCS is working on a multi-year initiative to design and launch a training program that teaches job placement specialists at agencies for the blind across New York State how to focus their placement methodology to be more employer-focused. In addition, the Statler placement staff was trained in this new placement methodology which will increase job placement rates for Statler Center graduates.
OCS also has launched the Breaking Down Employment Barriers (BEB) program, designed for regional employers seeking additional business growth by tapping into the underutilized workforce of the visually impaired. The workshop includes demonstrations of assistive-technology, online sessions, and facility visits.
OCS teaches more than 925 children and adults and 800 seniors to adjust to vision loss and learn to navigate independently and safely in their home, school, workplace, and community, resulting in $21.6 million in cost savings.
OCS serves over 335 children who are blind or visually impaired, allowing 85% of them to mainstream in first grade. OCS has received 100% positive recommendations from parents.