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The Dangerous Vision Podcast

DanYellow road sign with a microphone image: Dangerous Vision with Rany Cohengerous Vision explores what it would be like to be blind in a sighted world. Host Randy Cohen, a blind Harvard Business School professor and board member of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, learns how other blind people “do blind”, navigating their way over and around obstacles with white canes, guide dogs and technology that will blow your mind.

New episodes are released every Monday and can be found online and where you find all podcasts.

Recent News

Recent press coverage and news releases of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

MA Association for the Blind and Innovate@BU Announce Community Transportation Challenge

Brookline, MA, (October 1, 2019) –  The Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (MABVI) and Boston University Innovate@BU have announced a partnership to develop a challenge open to BU students and alumni to solve community transit problems that will benefit society at large–and particularly for seniors and the blind and low vision community.

The goal of the Community Transit Design Challenge is for Boston University students and alumni to develop and design new human-centered tools to improve transportation accessibility solutions for the aging and visually impaired communities, which will ultimately improve transportation for everyone while competing for a $10,000 grand prize. Ultimately, the challenge hopes to find solutions to help older adults who are losing their vision better connect to their communities.

“We each have a role in creating a more inclusive space for everyone to live and work and thrive, said Sassy Outwater-Wright, Executive Director of MABVI. “We have the duty to ask tomorrow’s designers, engineers, and social scientists to start thinking about that today and to start building smarter solutions. MABVI is proud to partner with BU to solve some of the most common problems facing older adults who are blind or have low vision. Accessibility in design today creates a more inclusive future.”

“Our students and alumni are no strangers to Boston’s public transportation challenges. We are thrilled that this collaboration will give our community the opportunity to view transportation challenges from another perspective and to use their expertise to build better, more accessible solutions for all,” said Gerry Fine, Executive Director of Innovate@BU. More info

 

Team of blind runners joins Hood To Coast relay this year – For the first time, a team of blind and visually impaired runners will tackle the Hood To Coast relay this year, with the help of running guides.

PORTLAND, Ore. — There will be a first at the Hood to Coast relay this year: A full team of blind or visually impaired runners will take to the course. They will find their way with the help of running guides. The team is named “United in Stride Blind Runners” because the runners and guides come together through an online database on the United in Stride website.

 

This Eye Surgeon is Guiding Blind Runners Through the Oregon Mountains
Vivienne Hau fixes retinas by day; now, she’s co-captain of the first-ever visually impaired Hood to Coast Relay team.

On Friday, Hau—with Hunter—is leading the first team of visually impaired runners and guides at the Hood to Coast Relay, an overnight event in Oregon that starts at the base of Mt. Hood and finishes at Seaside. Twenty blind and sighted athletes will cram into two 15-passenger vans, taking turns running three to four legs each of the 199-mile course. Along the way, they’ll raise funds and awareness for United in Stride, the website Hunter developed that matches sighted runners and those in need of guides nationwide.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards Nearly $1.9 Million to Support Healthy Aging

June 20, 2019 Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced new community investments reflecting a commitment to a community approach for making our cities and towns great places to grow up and grow old. The nearly $1.9 million supports 15 nonprofit organizations working in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. MAB Community Services was awarded a three-year grant for $130,000 to integrate vision rehabilitation and care into healthy aging models through four pilot communities: Boston, Framingham, Lawrence and Springfield.

Boston, MA – At their annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, held at Community Boating in Brighton on June 14, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) recognized the Lions of Massachusetts as a Volunteer Community Partner for the Lions’ work in developing the Low Vision Rehabilitation Network (LOVRNET) in Massachusetts.

5 for Good: Volunteers help woman with blindness, hearing loss

WCVB TV – June 20, 2019
NEWTON, Mass. —A desire to help others resulted in a special relationship between a Belmont woman and a Newton family. It started nearly nine years ago, when Allie Dagg, who was in seventh grade at the time, found an opportunity to volunteer with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or MABVI.

Marshall Home Fund donates $75K to local nonprofits

Wicked LocalJun 25, 2019

Watertown’s Marshall Home Fund held its annual grant award ceremony on May 22, providing $75,000 to 16 local organizations that serve older adults. Through its grant making, MHF helps Watertown be an age-friendly community. The 2019 grantees of the Marshall Home Fund will provide programs and services that address many of these goals. Provide direct health, mental health, and social services for vulnerable individuals: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Technology Training for Seniors with Sight Loss…

T offers app to help the visually-impaired navigate the system

The Boston Globe – May 1, 2019
Blind since childhood, Sassy Outwater-Wright commutes every day on the MBTA, navigating a maze of turns, street crossings, tunnels, and train cars between her home in Salem and office in Brookline…“I need all of that information, and I need it in a few seconds. . . . This technology is able to help someone see with me,” said Outwater-Wright, director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired…

WebWire (press release)Apr 28, 2019
The Hearst Foundations have announced that 76 grants valued at $15,975,000 have been awarded to deserving nonprofit organizations. The Foundations serve as a national philanthropic resource for cultural, educational, health and social service organizations and dedicate millions of dollars in grants quarterly…MAB Community Services, Brookline, MA: To support integrated care and interventions benefiting over 1,400 seniors…

Massachusetts Association for the Blind Receives Gibney Foundation Grant from Gibney Foundation

Brookline, MA, (April 22, 2019) – The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is pleased to announce it has received a $119,000 grant from The Gibney Family Foundation (TGFF). TGFF partners with organizations to develop sustainable resources that foster independence, primarily for those who are blind. The funds will support MABVI’s statewide volunteer program.

The grant, which will be distributed over the next three years, will enhance MABVI’s statewide volunteer program through which individuals who are blind or visually impaired are matched 1:1 with community volunteers who provide in-home support. Trained volunteers help older adults accomplish daily activities of their own choosing including wellness activities, technology support, reading print information, shopping for groceries, or serving as sighted guides at the gym―all of which foster autonomy and enable older adults to remain active in their communities.

Michaela Flaherty Running First Boston Marathon For ‘Team With A Vision 

CBS Boston-Apr 15, 2019
… Flaherty, a visually impaired runner, will run her first Boston Marathon Monday to raise awareness for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and …

Blind runner defeats the odds

BU News Service-Apr 15, 2019
BOSTON — …Last year, Hasting’s was contacted by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) to run with Team With a Vision in the Boston Marathon. Team With a Vision is a program within MABVI that connects blind and sighted runners to support individuals throughout Massachusetts living with vision loss…

Joe Walsh to Receive Kara MacDonald Award

BROOKLINE, MA – The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) has announced that Joe Walsh, MS, MEd of Adaptive Sports New England will receive the 2019 Kara Macdonald Aspire Award.  The award was created to celebrate the life and work of the late Kara MacDonald, and her dedication to athletes with disabilities.

Team With A Vision Runners Take On Boston Marathon

BROOKLINE, MA – Every runner who takes on the legendary Boston Marathon course faces a challenge, but few more than the members of Team With A Vision (TWAV), a group of blind and visually impaired runners (and their sighted guides) with a common cause: to raise funds and awareness for the visually impaired. The team, fielded by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), draws runners from around the world, the nation, and the region to show that with the right support, people who are visually impaired can do anything they set their minds to. This year’s team includes a number of notable competitors.

Lions help WWII vet see with magnifying device

The Daily News of NewburyportApril 1, 2019
… Lions Club and the Massachusetts Lions District Visual Aid Association were … legally blind by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind.

Nahant resident to run 10th Boston Marathon

Daily Item-April 1, 2019
That phone call first came from her former sister-in-law, who is connected with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, telling her there was …

Mansch On Montana: Vision-impaired marathoner Juli Brandvold …

Great Falls TribuneMar 25, 2019
Juli will be running in Boston to benefit an organization called the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She has a …

Go the distance: UGA student to run Boston Marathon, raise money for …

Red and BlackNov 15, 2018
The list also includes Hart’s chosen team, the Massachusetts Association for the blind and Visually Impaired. “The applications had just opened …

New Natick Center a ‘big help’

MetroWest Daily News Sept 6, 2018

A Natick resident is thankful he has access to a new program in town. It’s helping him, and others, improve their quality of life.

Marshall Home Fund awards grants

Wicked Local-May 29, 2018

Tools to help potentially isolated older adults integrate into the community: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s …

John Conceison: Blind national champion Chaz Davis of Grafton …

Worcester Telegram-Apr 14, 2018

… for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The MABVI delivers professionals, peer and volunteer support to more …


Nahant’s Ellen Goldberg set for ninth straight Boston Marathon

Daily Item-Apr 9, 2018

… that Ellen Goldberg’s then-sister-in-law asked her if she’d run the Boston Marathon to benefit the Massachusetts Association for the Blind.

Deyo running Boston Marathon for charity

Kokomo Tribune-Apr 12, 2018

He will run as a charity runner for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The organization is taking a couple of buses …

Huskies run: Northeastern students train for marathon

The Huntington News-Apr 4, 2018

… a sighted guide in the marathon with the Team with a Vision organization, which raises money for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind …

Why & How Innovation for the Visually Impaired is Big in Boston

American Inno-Mar 5, 2018

Sassy Outwater is serving as director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired since September 2017.

Is Your Job Application Process Accessible And Inclusive?

Forbes-Jun 28, 2018

For my podcast, I recently interviewed Director Sassy Outwater of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI).

Bobby Dolan, A Feisty Advocate, Was Wrongly Kept In A State Hospital

WBUR-Aug 2, 2017

Retelling his story for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB), Bobby described his 38 institutionalized years. “Somebody suggested …

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