Support Groups

Senior Connection 2013

The 19th annual Senior Connection conference was held at the Lantana in Randolph, MA on June 13, joining hundreds of Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired support group members from across the state.

The morning panel discussion featured the topic “Your Benefits Count” with speakers from the MA Department of Revenue, the MA Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles, and the Secretary of State’s office. They provided helpful information about government benefits available to people who are blind, including tax credits, identification cards to replace driver’s licenses, and accessible voting options.

The afternoon panel discussion was “Our Favorite Things” featuring four support group coordinators talking about the devices or adaptive equipment or services that they find invaluable for living independently with vision loss. There was also a special presentation honoring MABVI Regional Director Fran Weisse, who is retiring after forty years in the blindness field.

The Senior Connection serves as an annual forum for visually impaired elders from across the state of Massachusetts to convene and share helpful tips and information about coping with vision loss and living independently.

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Watch video clips from the event:
MABVI Welcoming Speech
A Tip for Living with Macular Degeneration

Photos from the event:


MAB Community Services is an umbrella organization that operates the following human services programs:

  • Adult Disability Services: serving adults (22+) with developmental disabilities
  • Ivy Street School: serving adolescents (13-22) with neurological and behavioral challenges
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired: serving adults and elders with vision loss.


Make a difference in someone’s life by lending your sight for just a few hours each week or month. MAB will provide training on how to assist someone who is blind, and will match you with an individual in or near your community. Each volunteer has a unique role depending on the needs of the blind individual, but volunteers often assist with grocery shopping, errands, clerical tasks, and reading print material. You might help a neighbor go through the weekly pile of mail, choose products together at the grocery store, or pick out greeting cards together at the pharmacy. Volunteers let us know which tasks they wish to help with.

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Volunteers must be at least 18 or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information on our Family Volunteer Program click here. Potential volunteers are interviewed, undergo a criminal record check (CORI) and attend an orientation. Time commitment ranges from two hours per week to two hours every other week, with a minimum commitment of six months. From time to time we also need volunteers for our events or to help in our offices. To speak to one of our volunteer coordinators please fill out the form below or contact our regional offices.

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