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If you would like to join Team With a Vision in the 2013 Boston Marathon, please contact team coordinator Joshua Warren by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 617-732-0241.

2010 Gala

Our Stories: Thriving After Brain Injury

MAB Community Services honored Dr. Douglas I. Katz, Medical Director at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital’s Brain Injury Program, at its Gala in April 2010. Dr. Katz is a leader in the field of traumatic brain injury who has changed the lives and life chances of countless individuals. The program highlighted MAB’s brain injury program, The Ivy Street School, where a comprehensive therapeutic environment is the foundation for adolescents to build the skills needed for a successful future.

The program included:


"Ivy Street Smart"

Ivy Street Smart from Norman Lang on Vimeo.

  • Ivy Street Smart, a film by Norman Lang and Amanda Smart.
  • A new multimedia work, After Brain Injury, by Lou Jones, one of Boston's most diverse and inspiring photographers.
  • The debut performance of Our Stories, a play based on the real-life stories of Ivy Street students, performed by an exceptional cast.

    To learn more about how you can be part of MAB’s work to transform the lives of people with disabilities, please contact us at (617) 732-0245 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or donate today.

    Photos of the Gala:
    2009 Gala
  • MAB Congratulates MCB

    MAB congratulates Paul Saner, who has been named the new commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB). Paul is a longtime community leader and advocate for the blind, and a former managing director of BankBoston (now Bank of America).

    We congratulate former MCB commissioner Janet LaBreck on her new appointment as President Obama’s commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration in the Department of Education. For years Janet LaBreck has served as an ambassador for more than 30,000 legally blind residents across the Commonwealth. She will lend her expertise to help individuals with disabilities nationwide, just as she has done for those across Massachusetts.

    MCB is a long-time partner of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired; MABVI has partnered with the MCB for years to provide support group services to hundreds of visually impaired adults and elders around Massachusetts. MCB co-sponsors our annual Senior Connection, a day-long conference featuring experts in the fields of vision loss and aging. We congratulate the commission during this time of exciting new changes.

    Douglas I. Katz

    Medical Director, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
    Brain Injury Program
    Associate Professor of Neurology,
    Boston University School of Medicine

    Douglas I. Katz, MD, is a neurologist who subspecializes in behavioral neurology and neurorehabilitation, and is a well-recognized expert in traumatic brain injury. He has been employed by Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital for more than 20 years where he is Medical Director of Brain Injury Programs. He is affiliated with Boston University Neurology Associates and is Associate Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Katz has authored numerous publications and frequently presents at national and international meetings. He is co-editor of a recently released comprehensive text published by Demos, Brain Injury Medicine. His research interests include predictors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) recovery, disorders of consciousness, and medication trials for cognitive impairments after TBI.

    Dr. Katz is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and is a former member of the Board of the Brain Injury Association of America. He is Past-Chair of the Section on Neural Repair and Rehabilitation for the American Academy of Neurology and serves on a number of editorial boards.

    Dr. Katz was awarded the Sheldon Berrol MD Clinical Service Award by the Brain Injury Association of America in 2001. He is a fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology. He also sits on the Board of Directors of MAB Community Services and Chairs the National Advisory Board for MAB’s Ivy Street School, charged with creating a blueprint for enriching our services, renovating our building, and expanding our impact across the country. He has changed the lives and life chances of countless individuals with brain injuries.

    2013 Annual Meeting

    MAB's 2013 Annual Meeting was held Nov. 6, celebrating the first year of the Up Next Transition Program at the Ivy Street School. The program featured a panel discussion moderated by Ron Allen, Ph.D., BCBA, Director of the Ivy Street School. The panelists were Laura Albro, parent and Director of Swan’s Nest Play Day, and Brooke Howard, MS, OTR/L, Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy, Boston University Sargent College. They discussed the critical need for transition programs for some students who have completed their high school academic requirements but still lack the skills needed for independent young adulthood: social skills, self care, and daily tasks such as financial management, and more. Ms. Albro shared the perspective a parent of one of the students in the program who has benefitted from the tailored curriculum. Ms. Howard lent a clinical perspective to provide context for the range of challenges students face. A video followed the panel discussion giving the student perspective, with interviews of students in the program sharing their thoughts on the transition program.

    MAB also presented Community Partner Awards to groups and individuals who have helped and supported the MAB Community in different ways this past year. The Adult Disability Services Strategic Planning Committee received an award for developing a viable long-term strategic plan for the ADS program; the award was presented by MAB Board President Craig Pfannenstiehl and Heller Shoop, ADS Director. William O’Brien of ARAMARK received an award for providing community employment for our clients; presented by William Kiernan, Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion, Anne Carey, MAB Day Program Director and Stephanie Jones. Gregory Barnett and Andrea Schnepf were honored for their work to create a gardening program for the Ivy Street School;presented by Lora Slutsky, Ivy Street School Vocational Program manager, and students. The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired program honored Dr. Richard Jamara for his work to expand low vision exam providers for patients across the state; presented by Dr. Jen Salvo and Jessie Fielding. Thank you to all our community partners.

    Barbara Salisbury, Chief Executive Officer, gave closing remarks, thanking the MAB Community for all the work they do to help serve individuals with disabilities so they can have more meaningful, full lives. The event was held at MassHousing in Boston, courtesy of Tom Gleason.

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