COVID-19 Resources

BLINDNESS AND LOW VISION RESOURCES

Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually
Impaired 888-613-2777
At this time the Massachusetts Association for the Blind is providing
case management and information & referral in lieu of in-person vision
rehabilitation services. Limited grocery delivery is available through our
1:1 volunteer program. Phone-based access technology training, mental
health counseling, and peer support groups are also available. Please
call: 888-613-2777

OTHER MA ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

Statewide Community Based Services and Resources 

Carroll Center for the Blind (617) 969-6200
Lowell Association for the Blind (978) 454-5704 9 (www.lowellassociationfortheblind.org/)
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (617) 727-5550
National Braille Press (888) 965-8965
Perkins School for the Blind (Braille and Talking Book Library/NFB
Newsline) 617-924-3434
Sight Loss Services (Cape and Islands) (508) 394-3904 (www,sightloss.org/)

NEWS, BOOKS, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS and other MEDIA
in ALTERNATIVE/ACCESSIBLE FORMATS

  • NFB NewsLine ® Accessible newspapers and magazines and
    breaking news available to people who are registered for the
    service, all consumers registered with the Perkins Library are eligible
    but must register, over 400 newspapers and magazines that can be
    accessed by phone, downloaded to a device, or read online. Call 866-
    504-7300 to obtain additional information
  • At this time the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library is NOT
    mailing out cartridges. Borrowers are asked to hold all Library
    materials until further notice. The BARD (Braille and Audio Reading
    Download) system is still working. Users can download titles to an
    android, kindle fire, or iOS device for easy playback. You can also
    download the books to a USB drive for use with our digital player. To
    get started,
    visit https://nlsbard.loc.gov/NLS/ApplicationInstructions.html. If you
    wish to learn more, please contact Cory Kadlik at 617-972-7580 or
    email cory.kadlik@perkins.org.
  • Perkins Library without Walls conference calls are continuing. For more information call the dedicated Perkins Library Without Walls Information line: 617-972-7852
  • Key information on the pandemic plus resources for older adults
    and people with disabilities from the Administration for Community
    Living
  • Accessible news and information through Apple
  • Accessible statistics tracker
  • Accessible books (paid & free) through AudibleApple
    Books and National Braille Press
  • Tips on transportation and getting essentials like prescriptions on
    the Blindy Blog

ACCESS TECHNOLOGY

  • MABVI’s Access Technology Centers are offering Zoom virtual training courses. We will have a Voiceover Basics Class on Fridays at 10am, Basics of Zoom meetings on Thursdays 10am and 2pm if needed, and HTML & Web design, Mondays at 10am. For more information on how to join these classes, contact Access Tech Center Director, Jerry Feliz jfeliz@mabcommunity.org
  • “Meet Me Accessibly”: A free audiobook guide to Zoom meetings
    from a blindness perspective, from Mosen Consulting Tutorials
  • The Carroll Center for the Blind’s individualized remote
    instruction on employment, travel, daily living, and the use of
    technologies
  • Free Live Course series from the Assistive Technology Industry
    Association on education (including remote learning)
  • ATandMe‘s list of how to use technology creatively (www.atandme.com/)

As part of our ongoing series, MABVI’s Access Technolgy and Occupational Therapists are providing informative videos on assistive devices or access technology in order to complete daily activities. Our first two below are about using Access Technology to navigate the kitchen.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

This list includes contributions from Stu Flom of Adaptivision.

Additional resources can be found at the VisionServ Alliance’s website

  • Up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) website
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health website
  • Massachusetts residents can now call 2-1-1 for real-time #COVID19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages.
  • To receive COVID-19 text message alerts straight to your phone and stay up to date with the latest news + updates from the Commonwealth, Text “COVIDMA” to 888-777