There are 38 million Americans age 40 and older who are blind, have visual impairments, or have an age-related eye disease.  Whether you’re starting to lose your eyesight or have been blind for a long time, the staff and volunteers at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) can help. We’ll work with you to make your home safer and easier to navigate. Our staff are experts at teaching adaptive skills that will add a greater sense of control to your daily activities. If you’re looking to improve your experiences in reading, cooking, social networking, shopping, and many other parts of your life, our caring team approach can offer support and will help you come up with answers.

Your goals become our goals.  If expanding your circle is important, we can connect you to peers and mentors in many different ways. There is not a “one size fits all” formula. We have support groups, trained volunteers, and technologies that can assist. You are not alone.

Our Mission

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a division of MAB Community Services, is committed to supporting individuals living with vision loss. We teach strategies for doing all the activities you may have previously relied on vision to accomplish. There is no one right way to live with vision loss. Our goal is to help you find ways that work for you and to provide you with the support you need.

  • Leadership

    Every member of our team is an expert in the field of low vision. Each member provides specialized knowledge, and together we offer the best possible services for clients seeking support and information. We’re here to help all Massachusetts residents with vision rehabilitation and many other services.

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  • Our Story

    The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-originally founded as the Massachusetts Association for Promoting the Interests of the Adult Blind-is one of the oldest organizations in the country supporting adults who are blind or losing their vision. Founded in 1903 by an all-volunteer group of prominent Bostonians, MAB has grown into to a multi-million dollar agency employing hundreds of professionals, advocates, and volunteers.

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  • News & Publications

    Explore our latest news, updates, Annual Reports, and other publications. We are an effective organization with a focus on building innovation and partnership in Massachusetts.

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  • Partners

    We’re working with leaders in human services, healthcare, technology, and public service to build the highest quality vision rehabilitation and assistive technology services in the country.

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  • Careers

    Interested in a meaningful career? MABVI and its parent organization, MAB Community Services, offer many rewarding positions. Find out about our occupational therapy jobs, vocational coach jobs, and many others.

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  • Contact

    We want to hear from you.

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Volunteer Voices

Ed Keohane, one of MABVI’s dedicated volunteers, talks about the rewards and the satisfaction he gets from volunteering.  Watch the video here.