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New England Eye Institute: Low Vision Clinic
Boston, MA
(617) 262-2020

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Boston, MA
(617) 727-5550
Mitch.Sanborn@State.MA.US

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary: Vision Rehabilitation Center
Boston, MA
(617) 573-4177

National Braille Press, Inc.
Boston, MA
(888) 965-8965

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Division for Special Health Needs, Early Intervention Services
Boston, MA
(617) 624-5962
Ron.Benham@state.ma.us

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Watertown, MA
(617) 972-7441
napvi@perkins.org

MBTA – Reduced Fare Program
Customers who are blind/visually impaired ride all MBTA services for free with a Blind Access CharlieCard from the CharlieCard Store. To receive a Blind Access CharlieCard, you must have an ID from the Massachusetts Commission for the blind.

The Talking Book Library at the Worcester Public Library
Provides cassette books, large type books, descriptive videos and print/braille materials to individuals unable to read regular print due to a visual physical or neurological disability.

3 Salem Sq Worcester, MA 01608-2074
(508) 799-1730
(800) 762-0085 (MA only)
(508) 799-1724 (TTY)
E-mail: talkbook@cwmars.org

The Carroll Center for the Blind
The Carroll Center has been providing help for the blind since 1936, by offering vocational training, technology for the blind and adaptive devices to individuals of all ages who have lost their sight so they can live independent and fulfilling lives.

770 Centre St Newton, MA 02458
(617) 969-6200
(800) 852-3131

Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities.

175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The New England Consortium of Deafblind Projects
Provides technical assistance to children who are deafblind in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as to their families and educational programs.

175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
617-972-7515

Deaf Blind Contact Center
Provides social/recreational activities and SSR volunteer services for deafblind individuals during events. Also provides training and education about deaf-blindness.

215 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-4925 (Voice/TTY and Fax) Relay: 711
E-mail: dbcc_ma@yahoo.com

Lowell Association for the Blind
Provides social and recreation programs, sports, braille lessons, craft classes, Drop-In Center, information and referral and volunteer services throughout Greater Lowell and the Merrimack Valley. The Center provides adaptive equipment assessments and training, and computer and braille training, Also an authorized agent for the Massachusetts Telephone Access Program.

174 Central St Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 454-5704
E-mail: labinfo@lowellassociationfortheblind.org

Sight Loss Services, Inc.
Provides peer support, information and referral, and home independence training to individuals on Cape Cod & the Islands who are learning to cope and function safely and independently with the loss of sight.

87 School St P.O. Box 414
West Dennis, MA 02670
(508) 394-3904
(800) 427-6842 (MA only)
E-mail: sightloss@capecod.net

Talking Information Center (TIC)
The radio reading service for persons with a print disability in Massachusetts. See web site for affiliates that provide current print information to residents with a print disability in their areas.

P.O. Box 519 130 Enterprise Drive
Marshfield, MA 02050
(781) 834-4400
(800) 696-9505

Travel, Leisure & Fun


Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Feeling for Form is a program that provides tours for visitors of all ages who are blind or have low vision. It is an opportunity to experience the collections through tactile exploration of selected sculpture and furniture, and through verbal description, tactile graphics, materials and objects for artworks that cannot be touched. The Feeling for Form Intro Series is available on the first Sunday of most months at 10:30 am. There is no fee for this program, but pre-registration is required for all tours.

For more information or to request a tour, please contact :
Hannah Goodwin: 617-369-3189 or
Valarie Burrows: 617-369-3302
access@mfa.org

New England Aquarium
There are tactile exhibits throughout the aquarium that offer visitors an opportunity to gently pick up and examine sea creatures. At The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank visitors can reach out and gently stroke cownose rays, bamboo sharks and other species of animals as they swim gracefully through the water. At the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center open air exhibit, visitors can explore various animal artifacts such as seal flipper bones and skulls as well as various interactive.

Boston Children’s Museum
The Morningstar Access Program at Boston Children’s Museum offers children with special needs the opportunity to visit the Museum at a time when there are only a few other visitors. At these times, they have a limit of 100 guests, and children and their families can explore the Museum with less crowding and with reasonable accommodations to make their visit more enjoyable.

Admission: All guests must pay admission at the Admissions Desk upon arrival.
Non-members: Half admission price ($7 per person)
Pre-registration is required, please contact:
Saki Iwamoto, Health and Wellness Educator
617-986-3697
Iwamoto@BostonChildrensMuseum.org

SailBlind
Provides blind and visually impaired persons with an opportunity to learn the art and science of sailing. Blind adults and children can learn to sail through the adaptive methods developed by the Carroll Center SailBlind Program and through the abilities of sighted sailors who volunteer as sailing guides. No sailing experience is necessary for blind sailors to participate.

The Outdoor Enrichment Program
Provides a variety of seasonal outdoor recreational activities to adults and children who are blind or visually impaired. Activities include skiing, hiking, kayaking, and tandem bicycling and can range from half day local area activities to overnight weekend trips throughout the New England area. Each activity incorporates a partnership of a visually impaired participant with a sighted guide and uses existing community recreational facilities throughout the New England area.

Technology and Websites for Coping With Vision Loss


Apple (Mac) Product Help
Apple Support as a great support line for those with vision or hearing impairments. Apple representatives at the following number are trained in providing support using accessibility services:
1-877-204-3930.

Art and Low-Vision: A Multi-Sensory Museum Experience
Dana Simon, chapter member, wrote this great blog about getting back to her artistic roots, and visiting museums.

BlindSoftware.com
From surfing the internet to tracking your daily tasks, this website offers software to help you based on what you are interested in.

BridgingApps
BridgingApps is a volunteer community of parents, therapists, doctors and teachers who share information on how they are using new technologies (such as the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices) with people who have special needs.

Ellie’s Low Vision Guide
Ellie, a member of the Manhattan Networking Group, has developed a great website providing resources for those with low vision. Not only does the guide list aids to assist with reading, but it also includes great tips about what to do when you begin losing your vision.

HumanWare
HumanWare products are designed to last and to grow (and in many cases, to go) with the user, giving them the independence to compete effectively with peers, to feel connected, and to be a vital part of the global information age in which we live.

ShopLowVision.com
ShopLowVision’s goal is to improve quality of life for those who are visually impaired through awareness, resources, and solutions. They provide 4,000+ low vision solutions with daily living products, video magnifiers, optical products, and professional tools.

Vision Dynamics
Vision Dynamics’ mission is to EMPOWER and INSPIRE people with low vision, blindness, and learning difficulties with the hope, desire and ability to lead happy and independent lives.

Vision Dynamics has added a new video magnifier! Click here to check out the new Optelec ClearView+ Speech 24” HD.

WebAnywhere
WebAnywhere enables blind and visually impaired people to surf the Web on the go. The tool, developed at the University of Washington, turns screen reading into an Internet service that reads aloud Web text on any computer with speaker or headphone connections.