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The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired was founded in 1903. Originally named the Massachusetts Association for the Adult Blind, today MABVI is the oldest social service agency in the country providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Helen Keller served on our first advisory board, along with notable Bostonians Julia Ward Howe (author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic") and Edward Everett Hale.

Our Mission
MABVI’s mission is to work with individuals with vision loss to eliminate barriers and create opportunities. Our experience allows us to forge strong community partnerships so that we can meet the pressing need for high quality services and programs for adults with vision loss in Massachusetts, and transform lives.


Our team of experts in the low vision field provide the specialized knowledge in vision rehabilitation and services needed to serve thousands with vision loss in Massachusetts. Our experts include:

Sassy Outwater-Wright - Director, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Prior to coming to MABVI, Outwater studied acoustic physics, audio engineering and vocal performance, but as a blind acoustician and audio engineer, she found the music industry largely inaccessible technologically, and set out to change it, establishing the first collegiate program to teach recording sciences and music technology to blind musicians. Outwater also spent fifteen years in the digital accessibility fields since then, consulting for small businesses, helping make products and services digitally accessible. Her background is in user experience and project management, and she specializes in multiple disability intersectionality.

Kyle Robidoux Kyle Robidoux - Director of Volunteer and Support Group Services
Kyle joined MABVI in September 2013. Prior to MABVI, Kyle spent the past 13 years working as a community organizer and planner most recently at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. Kyle was appointed by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to sit on the City's Commission for Person's With Disability and he is also active in many other non-profit and community organizations.

Megan Briggs Megan Briggs - Director of Vision Rehabilitation
Megan Briggs came to MABVI in 2015 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Worcester State University. Briggs has experience working in acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, and nursing homes. Prior to coming to MABVI, she worked for the University of Massachusetts providing services for MassHealth contracts, including Prior Authorization, Community Case Management, and ABI/MFP waivers. As MABVI’s Director of Vision Rehabilitation, Briggs provides training, oversight, and direction for our Occupational Therapy program.

Steve Jordan Steve Jordan - Director of Orientation and Mobility
Steve began at MAB as an intern in 2008, and immediately afterwards was offered a position in the Orientation and Mobility department, where in 2016 he was promoted to Director. Steve earned a Bachelor’s from Framingham State University and a Master’s degree in Special Education as well as a National Certification in Orientation and Mobility from UMass Boston. As Director of O&M, Steve helps individuals learn to travel as independently as possible in their environments, in addition to training staff and performing environmental assessments. In his spare time Steve coaches youth sports at Nobles and Greenough School in Dedham.

Carol CurdoCarol Curdo – Central Massachusetts Regional Director
Carol joined the Worcester office in 1986 as Administrative Assistant and became Coordinator of Volunteer Services a few years later. She assumed the position of Regional Director in the early 1990s. She earned graduate level low vision coursework through UMass Boston in 2001, studied case management, and is certified for Low Vision Rehabilitation from the New England Eye Institute. Carol has a Certificate of Aging from the Institute of Geriatric Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Great Brook Valley Health Center.

Jennifer Kaldenberg Jennifer Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA - Clinical Director
Jennifer is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. She has 20 years of experience primarily working with older adults in a variety of settings. For the past 13 years, she has worked for the New England College of Optometry and their clinical affiliate the New England Eye Institute, specializing in working with individuals with visual impairment.


Pressing Need

The number of seniors with low vision is expected to double by 2030, as the “baby boomers” experience sight loss such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Low vision makes it difficult to complete activities of daily living, puts elders at increased risk of falls, and complicates health care compliance. There is a pressing need for low vision services today more than ever, to ensure people with vision loss can continue to live the lives they want.

Elders are the fastest-growing and most vulnerable population of persons with sight loss. Four of the five major causes of blindness are directly related to the aging process: age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. According to data published by the Commission for the Blind and the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, there are an estimated 105,000 elders in Massachusetts with serious sight loss who cannot receive state-funded services because they are not “legally blind.” Nevertheless, their vision impairment is serious, and without appropriate intervention, can have a devastating impact on their independence.

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