Who We Are…

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 disabled, blind or visually impaired individuals with the appropriate career based skills they need to achieve a competitive wage, and career employment. Our vocational training programs are a unique and proven model in training and employment that provides our graduates with the right tools for successful careers in the high-demand hospitality and telecommunications industries.

Statler Building Exterior


The National Statler Center operates with long-term employment outcomes as the objective to training. We work very closely with State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors to address their clients’ technical and social/emotional skills necessary for successful employment. As part of our best practices we provide written mid-point and final evaluations to sponsoring counselors and encourage frequent conferencing with our staff. This exchange of data ensures that we are working toward a successful employment placement for all involved. Additionally, we are able to provide support in areas that may affect a student’s overall ability to accept and maintain employment. This support can mean assistance and direction with regard to housing, legal, family, or other issues that potentially may impact program success. We want to empower our students to handle the life challenges that impact their economic independence.

Student at a computer in classroom

Teacher at podium teaching class

Instructor teaching a JAWS user in the computer lab



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Licensed by the State of New York, New York State Education Department

Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, MD Center for the Visually Impaired