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Catholic Charities’ Xavier Society for the Blind Assists People Across the United States


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by John-Mark de Palma

The Xavier Society for the Blind, a Catholic Charities of New York Agency, helps over 2,000 patrons annually.  According to a recent article in Chicago Catholic, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the organization assist 30 patrons in Chicago and another 89 patrons in other parts of Illinois.  The Xavier Society supplies Mass materials, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other reading materials, including transcription services. Annually, over 75,000 pages of Braille are provided to users in addition to CDs and MP3s. These materials allow members of the blind community to participate more fully in Mass as lectors and in other ministries.

Xavier Society for the Blind provides reading materials to the blind free of charge. They are part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and are the National Catholic Press and Lending Library for the Visually Impaired. 

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Xavier Society for the Blind, visit their website. You may also register for services by visiting their Services page. Catholic Charities of New York also provides additional services to the blind and visually impaired community, such as, job readiness, education, orientation and mobility services, vision rehabilitation therapy, services for youth, and casework services.