Who We Are…

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 NY, The Statler Center is the vocational training program of the Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted M.D., Center for the Visually Impaired. One of the first projects of its kind, Statler Center provides physically disabled, blind or visually impaired individuals with the appropriate career-based skills they need to achieve integrated, competitive-wage career employment. Our vocational training programs are a unique and proven model in training and employment that give our graduates the right tools for successful careers in the demand hospitality and telecommunications industries.

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The National Statler Center operates with long-term employment outcomes as the objective to training. We work closely with state vocational rehabilitation agencies and vocational rehabilitation counselors to address their clients’ technical and social/emotional skills required 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 we work toward a successful employment placement for all involved. Additionally, we provide support in areas that may affect a student’s overall ability to accept and maintain employment.

This support can mean assistance and direction in 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 may affect their economic independence.

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Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, MD Center for the Visually Impaired