Support Groups

2001-2009

  • The Massachusetts Association for the Blind celebrates its 100th anniversary and changes its name to MAB Community Services (2003).
  • The Orientation and Mobility Department opens, offering vision rehabilitation services to clients of the Department of Mental Retardation.
  • Case Management is introduced to the Vision Community Services Department. A low vision clinic opens in the Central Massachusetts office. Adaptive aid stores and Braille program close. MAB partners with the Holyoke Health Center to launch diabetes & low vision project with funding from the Cox Charitable Trust.
  • The Northdale and Browne Street residences open, providing residential supports to young adults leaving educational programs and transitioning to community living.
  • MAB’s vocational programming expands to include a Culinary Arts program and job coaches at the Ivy Street School, and shifts its focus to a community-based employment model.
  • MAB celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Volunteer Program at its annual Gala 2009.

1981-2000

  • Deaf-Blind Program becomes a Multi-handicapped Children’s program, then is phased out. The Ivy Street School opens to serve children with brain injuries (1993).
  • The Team With A Vision begins running in the Boston Marathon®.
  • VISION Foundation merges with MAB to form a new department, Vision Community Services, adding in-home rehabilitation and support group services.
  • The community residence at 190 Ivy Street is closed and the building sold to finance small group homes for the residents.
  • The Cottage Farm Program offers a transitional apartment to Ivy Street School students as they prepare for independent living.

1941-1960

  • The first professional staff member is hired and a small office is opened in downtown Boston.
  • A summer vacation program, Sunlight House, is offered to blind adults, operating until 1976.
  • The direct service volunteer program is developed to serve blind people in their communities. This program is still active today.
  • Name changes to the Massachusetts Association for the Adult Blind.

1961-1980

  • Name shortened to MAB–Massachusetts Association for the Blind.
  • MAB opens its Deaf-Blind Education Program to provide services to children born during the rubella epidemic of the 1960s.
  • Sight Service Centers open in two inner city neighborhoods to provide services to blind people in their own communities.
  • MAB opens its Life Learning program for blind adults with mental retardation who are being de-institutionalized from state facilities.
  • First Consumer Advisory Council founded.
  • MAB adds Braille and Recording services previously operated by the National Braille Press.
  • Vision rehabilitation clinic established in conjunction with Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
  • Move to 190 & 200 Ivy Street in Brookline.

1911-1940

  • Financial support of the teacher training programs run by Perkins School and Harvard University.
  • Operation of recreational centers and homes for blind men and women: Woolson House, Rogers House, and Fisher House.
  • Training of men and women for industrial employment.
  • Organization and supervision of vending stands.

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