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Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards Nearly $1.9 Million to Support Healthy Aging

June 20, 2019 Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced new community investmentsreflecting a commitment to a community approach for making our cities and towns great places to grow up and grow old. The nearly $1.9 million supports 15 nonprofit organizations working in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. MAB Community Services was awarded a three-year grant for $130,000 to integrate vision rehabilitation and care into healthy aging models through four pilot communities: Boston, Framingham, Lawrence and Springfield.


T offers app to help the visually-impaired navigate the system

The Boston Globe – May 1, 2019

Blind since childhood, Sassy Outwater-Wright commutes every day on the MBTA, navigating a maze of turns, street crossings, tunnels, and train cars between her home in Salem and office in Brookline...“I need all of that information, and I need it in a few seconds. . . . This technology is able to help someone see with me,” said Outwater-Wright, director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired…

Hearst Foundations Present Spring 2019 Grants

WebWire (press release)-Apr 28, 2019
MAB Community Services, Brookline, MA: To support integrated care and interventions benefiting over 1,400 seniors. Maryhurst, Louisville, KY: ...

Michaela Flaherty Running First Boston Marathon For ‘Team With A …

CBS BostonApr 15, 2019
… Flaherty, a visually impaired runner, will run her first Boston Marathon Monday to raise awareness for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and …

Blind runner defeats the odds

BU News ServiceApr 15, 2019
BOSTON — …Last year, Hasting’s was contacted by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) to run with Team With a Vision in the Boston Marathon. Team With a Vision is a program within MABVI that connects blind and sighted runners to support individuals throughout Massachusetts living with vision loss…

Joe Walsh to Receive Kara MacDonald Award

BROOKLINE, MA – The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) has announced that Joe Walsh, MS, MEd of Adaptive Sports New England will receive the 2019 Kara Macdonald Aspire Award.  The award was created to celebrate the life and work of the late Kara MacDonald, and her dedication to athletes with disabilities.

Team With A Vision Runners Take On Boston Marathon

BROOKLINE, MA – Every runner who takes on the legendary Boston Marathon course faces a challenge, but few more than the members of Team With A Vision (TWAV)a group of blind and visually impaired runners (and their sighted guides) with a common cause: to raise funds and awareness for the visually impaired. The team, fielded by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), draws runners from around the world, the nation, and the region to show that with the right support, people who are visually impaired can do anything they set their minds to. This year’s team includes a number of notable competitors.

Lions help WWII vet see with magnifying device

The Daily News of NewburyportApril 1, 2019
… Lions Club and the Massachusetts Lions District Visual Aid Association were … legally blind by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind.

Nahant resident to run 10th Boston Marathon

Daily Item-April 1, 2019
That phone call first came from her former sister-in-law, who is connected with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, telling her there was …

Mansch On Montana: Vision-impaired marathoner Juli Brandvold …

Great Falls TribuneMar 25, 2019
Juli will be running in Boston to benefit an organization called the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She has a …

Go the distance: UGA student to run Boston Marathon, raise money for …

Red and BlackNov 15, 2018
The list also includes Hart’s chosen team, the Massachusetts Association for the blind and Visually Impaired. “The applications had just opened …

New Natick Center a ‘big help’

MetroWest Daily News Sept 6, 2018

A Natick resident is thankful he has access to a new program in town. It’s helping him, and others, improve their quality of life.

Marshall Home Fund awards grants

Wicked Local-May 29, 2018

Tools to help potentially isolated older adults integrate into the community: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s …

John Conceison: Blind national champion Chaz Davis of Grafton …

Worcester Telegram-Apr 14, 2018

… for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The MABVI delivers professionals, peer and volunteer support to more …

Nahant’s Ellen Goldberg set for ninth straight Boston Marathon

Daily Item-Apr 9, 2018

… that Ellen Goldberg’s then-sister-in-law asked her if she’d run the Boston Marathon to benefit the Massachusetts Association for the Blind.

Deyo running Boston Marathon for charity

Kokomo Tribune-Apr 12, 2018

He will run as a charity runner for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The organization is taking a couple of buses …

Huskies run: Northeastern students train for marathon

The Huntington News-Apr 4, 2018

… a sighted guide in the marathon with the Team with a Vision organization, which raises money for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind …

Why & How Innovation for the Visually Impaired is Big in Boston

American Inno-Mar 5, 2018

Sassy Outwater is serving as director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired since September 2017.

Is Your Job Application Process Accessible And Inclusive?

Forbes-Jun 28, 2018

For my podcast, I recently interviewed Director Sassy Outwater of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI).

Bobby Dolan, A Feisty Advocate, Was Wrongly Kept In A State Hospital

WBUR-Aug 2, 2017


Retelling his story for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB), Bobby described his 38 institutionalized years. “Somebody suggested …

Eckerson: Reach the Beach teams running together, united as one

Massachusetts Trio Part of First All-Visually Impaired Ragnar Reach the Beach Ultra Team

From One Minute to an Ultra: Kyle Robidoux Joins Team with a Vision

Randy Pierce Runs RTB Relay with Visually Impaired Ultra Team After Getting Out of Wheelchair

Blind Runner Tackles Trust Trails
Kennebunk Post

Ragnar Relay Ultra team organizes visually-impaired team
Easton Journal

Teamwork on the Trail

Running with Vision: Dr. Vincent Hau Gives Sight to the Blind
NBC News

Brookline's Ivy Street School to Present Extravaganza
Brookline Tab

Kaiser Permanente Ophthalmologist Finds Inspiration in the Long Run
Kaiser Permanenete

Boston memories: Deaf and blind runner Gaston Bedard conquers marathon
Canadian Running Magazine

Runners take "Blindfold Challenge" at B.A.A. 5k
WHDH - NBC 7 News

Guided by her heart: Jupiter woman will serve as Boston Marathon guide
Palm Beach Post

Running on Accessibility
Age & Ability Blog - IBM Accessibility

How to Help: Volunteer Runners
WHDH 7 News Boston

Cambridge family to be honored with Family Volunteer Award from the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Cambridge Public Schools website

Boston Marathon: Man from Oakland Serving as Sighted Guide
The Mercury News

Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to Honor Brookline Resident
Brookline Tab

Cambridge family to receive award from Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Cambridge Chronicle

Local woman to serve as guide at Boston Marathon
The Fulton County Express

Sight Set on Boston
Topo Athletic - YouTube

Interview with Andrea Croak, Team With A Vision Coordinator
TIC Network, Mission Possible

Leading the Blind: Local resident to guide visually-impaired runner in Boston Marathon
The Leader-Herald

Episode 1607: Matching Blind Runners and Sighted Guides
Eyes on Success Podcast

On The Run: Plenty of new races on the horizon for local runners
Salem News

Cambridge resident to run Boston Marathon to support visually impaired
The Cambridge Chronicle

Acton runners to tackle Boston Marathon side by side
The Acton-Boxborough Beacon

Volunteers and Sport With Kyle Robidoux: Episode 52 of the Blind Sport Podcast
The Blind Sport

Do Good - Boston Delta Gamma
Delta Gamma Boston Alumnae Chapter - YouTube

Brookline's Ivy Street School hosts ribbon-cutting for renovated solarium and library
Brookline Tab

Norwell's Flaherty wins Tufts Race in visually impaired division
Assumption Greyhounds

The Score with Ken Powers: Assumption Runner Outpaces Challenges
The Worcester Sun

Norwell's Flaherty wins Tufts Race in visually impaired division
The Norwell Mariner

Looking for a way to give back or just want to be inspired?

Five Boston Nonprofits Appoint Key Fundraising Leaders

Running My First Marathon as a Sighted Guide

Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women Adds Blind and Visually Impaired Division
Zelle - Runner's World

Runners Gear Up for Annual Tufts 10K in Boston

Blind Runner Goes the Distance With Help from the Nation's First Official Running Guide Dog

Shaun Kinsella's Story

Runners Gear Up for Annual Tufts 10K in Boston

Cambridge teen to lend her sight to visually impaired para-triathlete
Cambridge Chronicle

Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women Announced New Blind and Visually Impaired Division
Level Renner Magazine

Urban Garden Grows at Brookline's Ivy Street School
Brookline Tab

Shrewsbury Resident Promotes Living Well with Low Vision and Blindness
Community Advocate

Retina Specialist Vincent Hau Runs Boston Marathon with Visually Impaired
The University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson - Alumni News

Clinton firm helps keep blind athletes training
The Utica Observer-Dispatch

An Interview With Team With A Vision Co-Coordinator Andrea Croak
ConnectRunClub Podcast

Berkshire's first low-vision care center opens at Allendale Shopping Center
The Berkshire Eagle

United In Stride Helps the Visually Impaired Walk, Jog or Run with Sighted Assistance
"Sightseeing" Blog - The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) in Atlanta, GA

New Website Pairs Blind Runners With Sighted Guides
Chicago Athlete Magazine

Low Vision Summit at Thirwood Place First of its Kind on Cape

A likely friendship: Volunteer honored after helping Cambridge man for 20 years
The Cambridge Chronicle and Tab

To see all the press coverage of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired's Team With A Vision Boston Marathon 2015 team, click here: Team With A Vision in the News

Newton teen, family to be honored for volunteerism
The Newton Tab

Arlington's Dave Couture to be honored for volunteer work with visually impaired
The Arlington Advocate

Grant to fund low vision support in N.V.
Nashoba Publishing

Describing color to a blind friend
The Boston Globe Magazine

Volunteer program rewards Hull man, Quincy woman
The Quincy Patriot Ledger

Grant will help visually impaired receive services
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise

Photo exhibit celebrates the lives and spirit of disabled
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette

Littleton resident places second in marathon for blind athletes
Littleton Independent

Legally blind runner to tackle 50 miles in 12 hours
Wakefield Observer

Brookline students with brain injuries showcase talents at variety show
Brookline TAB

Blind Man Walking
By Kyle Robidoux
Walk Boston

Photo Connects Blind Runner With USC Student, Guide for Boston Marathon
NBC Los Angeles

Visually impaired runner to be guided by NPR radio host
The Boston Globe

Marathon team has a vision
Boston Herald

Boston Marathon: Five Runners and Why they'll be at the Starting Line
The Christian Science Monitor

B.A.A. and MABVI Announce Largest Field of Visually Impaired Runners Nationwide
Digital Journal

Field of Boston Marathon Visually Impaired Participants Increases to Most Ever

Ashland Half-Marathon runner: not your average athlete
MetroWest Daily News

"Back to Boston" by Peter Sagal
Runner's World

Robidoux Brothers are Running for Boston
Camas Post-Record

Experts Decry Drug Company Tactic
Boston Herald

Digital Sight for the Blind
Enterprise News

South End Blind Athlete Places 3rd in National Marathon Championships
South End Patch

Peter Sagal: Eyewitness to Bravery, Horror
Runner's World & Running Times

Marathon Runner Interview: Ray Charbonneau
NBC Sports Radio

Boston Marathon bombings won't define my first marathon
Christian Science Monitor

Nahant's Goldberg reflects on a harrowing marathon
The Daily Item

Why I'll Run the Boston Marathon again in 2014
Christian Science Monitor

Visually impaired Texan's fun-filled journey through Boston Marathon finishes just minutes before explosion
Dallas Morning News

Fort Collins Boston Marathon finisher: "You just knew something wasn't right"
The Coloradoan

Arlington Marathoner Guides Blind Runner Away from Explosions
Arlington Patch

Dallas-Fort Worth-area runners at Boston Marathon accounted for, but have shocking tale to tell
Dallas News

Blind Austinite unscathed in Boston Marathon blasts
Austin YNN

Running blind: 40 sightless runners competing in Boston Marathon
TODAY Health

Inspiration Women Spotlight: Amy McDonaugh
Magic 106.7 Radio Interview

Boston Marathon 2013: Meet Fastest Blind Female Marathoner in U.S.

Legally blind Hamilton woman will run the Boston Marathon
The Times of Trenton

Running with a Blindfold Opened Her Eyes
Idaho Statesman

Make the Holiday Season Brighter for a Visually Impaired Relative
Caregiver's Voice

A Vision For Better Health As I See It
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

How to Make Holiday Season Brighter for Visually Impaired Relatives
Somerville Patch

Legally Blind Champion Triathlete Sues Over Rules That Would Blind Him Further

Common but ignored danger to seniors
22 News

West Roxbury Library Photo Exhibit Shows Our Stories
West Roxbury Transcript

Marcotte Helps Sight-Impaired
Community Advocate

Will Health Care Reform Exclude the Efficient Providers?
Worcester Telegram

Blind Boston Marathon Runners Get Local Assist
Patriot Ledger

Runners Take on Blindfold Challenge
Boston Herald

Nahant's Goldberg Hopes for Picture-Perfect Marathon
The Lynn Daily Item

Croak lends eyes, heart for runner
Lower Hudson Valley News

Blind Man Coaching Local Runners to Run BAA 5K with Blindfolds
CBS Local

Blindfold Challenge Press Release
PR Web

Marshfield Native Shares A Vision For Runners
Marshfield Mariner

North End Resident to Run Boston Marathon For the Blind
Northend Waterfront News

Marathon Team Taps into Local Running Groups for Guides
Cool Running

Running Partner Gives Blind Fort Collins Man a Bright Outlook
The Coloradoan

Celebrating 40 Years in the Community
The Boston Globe

Blind Newton woman runs eight marathons in seven years
Newton TAB

For those living with blindness, Brookline-based group offers opportunity for independent lives
Brookline TAB

MAB volunteer service: “Using a volunteer gave me a sense of independence” |
Brookline TAB Blog

MAB Duxbury Support Group Member Featured Is "A Workout Wonder"
Patriot Ledger

MAB Receives United Way Inspire by Example Award
Worcester Telegram

MAB Team With A Vision Sweeps 2010 Boston Marathon
Visually Impaired Division

Cool Running
View Press release (PDF)

"Active Aging" Televised Interview with MABVI's Fran Weisse
Somerville Access Cable TV
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Howard Gardner Speaks at the Excellence in Special Education Summit
April 2014

New MABWorks Location Opens
February 2014

BLIND Day 2014
January 2014

MABWorks Weaves
October 2013

MAB Congratulates New MCB commissioner Paul Saner, and Janet LaBreck as new commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration in the Department of Education
August 2013

MABVI Greater Boston Regional Director Fran Weisse Retires after Decades of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community
July 2013

Senior Connection "Falls Prevention" Presentation
June 2013

Alongside Team With a Vision Documentary Selected for the 2013 Boston Running Film Festival
March 2013

Blind Legislative Informational Networking Day at the State House March 19
January 2013

How to Make Holiday Season Brighter for Visually Impaired Relatives
December 2012

November is Diabetes Awareness Month
November 2012

"Shooting Beauty at Ivy" at Annual Meeting
October 2012

MABVI Senior Connection 2012
June 2012

Family Volunteer Program PSA
April 2012

Blindfold Challenge 2012
April 2012

ADS Art Fair 2012
February 2012

"Our Stories" at ADDP Legislative Lunch

MAB Featured in The Boston Globe
November 2011

Former MAB Staff Member Honored for Disabilities Work
October 2011

50th Anniversary of the MABVI Central Massachusetts Office
July 2011

MAB CEO Barbara Salisbury Appointed to Brain Injury Commission of Massachusetts
June 2011

Senior Connection 2011
June 2011

Door Dedication Ceremony Honors MAB Board Member Paul O'Friel
May 2011

Blind Informational Legislative Networking Day 2011
April 2011

Hundreds Protest MassHealth Proposed Cuts
February 2011

Groundbreaking Collaboration Featured at MAB's Annual Meeting 2010
November 2010

Ivy Street at Pediatric Brain Injury Conference
October 2010

MAB Gala 2010 Highlights Ivy Street School
April 2010

MAB Honors Dr. Doug Katz with Lifetime Achievement Award
April 2010

Somerville Cambridge Elder Services E-Advocate (PDF)
January 2010

MAB Receives $25,000 Grant For Mejor Vista, Mejor Vida Project
January 2010
View Press Release (PDF)

MABVI Provides Low Vision Assessments at Alianza Hispana
November 2009

MAB 2009 Annual Meeting Honors Brenda English
October 2009

MAB Sponsors Joseph Finder Book Release Party
July 2009

Celebrating Fifty Years of Volunteers
April 2009

Collaboration with Holyoke Health Center yields unintended benefits
November 2008

2008 Annual Meeting features Panel on Vocational Training
October 2008


MAB Newsletter Archive


John Griffin of MAB’s Adult Disability Services Awarded Emello Family/Boston University Staff Development Scholarship

MABVI's Team With A Vision Accepted as B.A.A. Charity Team for Boston Marathon 2017

Adult Disability Services Day Program Hosts Annual BBQ

MAB's Our Stories featured by Museum of Disability

Ivy Street School Honors Record Number of Graduates

MABVI Hosts Senior Connection 2016

Students shine on stage at Extravaganza 2016

"Our Stories" on Display at Simmons College School of Social Work

Solutions in Sight: A Summit to Address the Vision Loss Crisis

MAB's Adult Disability Services Opens New Group Home in Westwood

MABVI partners with Eastern States 20 Mile and Run for the Border Half Marathon to create first Visually Impaired Division

MABVI Now Offering Middleborough Low Vision Peer Support Group

MAB Community Services Opposes Plan to Build New School Behind Ivy Street School

Support Our Team With A Vision!

MAB Community Services Releases 2015 Annual Report

MABVI partners with Tufts Health Plan to create Visually Impaired Division at Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women

October is White Cane Awareness Month

David Brown Joins MAB Community Services as New Chief Advancement Officer

Annual Meeting 2015 to be held Oct 21st

"Our Stories" on Display at Public Library of Brookline

Run the Boston Marathon 2016 with Team With A Vision, raise funds for MABVI

Annual Meeting to Focus on Employee Recruitment, Training, Retention

Dr. Ross Greene to Speak at Ivy Street School Special Education Summit

MABVI Director Shaun Kinsella Profiled in Community Advocate

MABVI Opens First Low Vision Center in Berkshire County

Ivy Street School Summer Electives are Underway!

MABVI Hosts Senior Connection 2015

Ivy Street School Students Shine at Extravaganza!

"Our Stories" on Display at Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Meet Ivy Street School Transition Coordinator Brooke Howard

MABVI's Team With A Vision at the 2015 Boston Marathon

Ivy Street School Vocational Night

Ivy Street Hawks Basketball Teams Wins Special Olympics MA State Championship

Boston Globe Magazine Essay Highlights MABVI Volunteer Program

MABVI Volunteer Program Featured in Patriot Ledger

Shades of Yale Performs for Ivy Street

Adult Disability Services Unveils New Brochure

MABVI Volunteer Program Featured in Patriot Ledger

Cognex Corp. gives MABVI $10,000 grant for Natick vision rehab services

Students create restaurant for Teacher Appreciation DInner

Ivy St. hires Dr. Maryellen Pambookian as new Clinical Director

Students organize Thanksgiving food drive

MABVI Services Featured in Nashoba Valley Publication

Ivy St. Hawks Win Tournament at Gillette Stadium

Annual Meeting Recap

Team WIth A Vision Dominates U.S. National Half Marathon Championships for Blind Athletes

Our Stories Photo Exhibit Featured in Worcester Telegram and Gazette

Partnerships Provide Adaptive Sports Opportunities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Vision Rehabilitation explained by the Expert: Q&A with Dr. Jamara

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