MABVI’s Access Technology Training Centers help blind or visually impaired people learn to use technology that helps them do what they want. Access technology includes apps and devices that help individuals with disabilities complete tasks and increase independence. Assistive technology opens access to:
- Printed and digital text
- Healthcare information & tools
- Financial information & banking
- Apps for daily living
- Transportation & navigation services
- Social connectedness and communication
Our Centers employ tech-savvy volunteer trainers, who serve as peer supports and role models to demonstrate how tech can improve the quality of life for individuals with vision loss.
MABVI’s Access Technology Training Centers are located in Brookline, Fitchburg, Franklin, Harwich, Milford, Natick, Watertown, Worcester, Salem, and Springfield.
Full sites are open two days (10-12 hours) per week with a staff coordinator. Click here for locations and hours for each center.
Remote Access Tech Trainings:
Contact: Jerry Feliz for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us for an access technology assessment and to ask us about how we can help you. To find a program near you or to become a volunteer trainer for this program, please contact us toll-free at 888-613-2777 or email us at ATCenter@mabcommunity.org
Would you like to teach your access technology skills to others? We’re recruiting peer volunteer trainers.
Access Tech services are now available for Spanish and Portuguese-speaking individuals.
See more details in these downloadable PDFs:
MABVI Access Technolgy in English
MABVI Tecnologia de Acceso en Español
MABVI Tecnologia acessibilidade em Português
Special Thanks to our Funders
MABVI’s Access Technology Training Centers are made possible through grants and partnerships with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Highland Street Foundation, BNY Mellon, Boston Foundation, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, Cognex, The Ellenbogen Family, MathWorks, the MetroWest Health Foundation, and the Memorial Foundation for the Blind in Worcester County.
Listen to Jerry Feliz interview on Increasing Independence with Assistive Technology
Jerry Feliz, MABVI’s director of Access Technology discusses how to use a screen reader and apps visually disabled individuals can use to help with daily activities.
See our access technology Resources Section for links to other local technology resources.
Jerry Feliz, Director of MABVI’s Access Technology & Training Program, interviews Gary Bartos, founder of
Echobatix, an assistive technology company.
Participants at the Brookline Assistive Technology and Training Center bid a fond farewell and express their gratitude to Rachel Castle, Assistive Technology Coordinator.
Listen to an interview with Access Technology Director Jerry Feliz on Valley Eye Radio.
Jerry Feliz, Director of MABVI’s Access Technology program, chats with Patrick Olsen, the New England Director of Accessible Pharmacy Services, about their comprehensive home delivery service specializing in the needs of individuals who are blind or low-vision. Patrick was joined by Alexandra Luzier from the Mid-Atlantic division as well as the pharmacy’s founder Dr. Alex Cohen, Ph.D.
What has MABVI’s Access Technology Program Meant for Our Clients During Covid-19?
We asked participants in MABVI’s Access Technology program what the program has meant to them while being isolated during the Covid-19 crisis. Their response reflects the importance of social connection and technology’s role in making that happen.
MABVI’s Access Technology Centers are offering Zoom virtual training courses. We will have a Voiceover Basics Class on Fridays at 10:00 am, Basics of Zoom meetings on Thursdays at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm if needed, and HTML & Web design on Mondays at 10:00 am. For more information on how to join these classes, contact Access Tech Center Director, Jerry Feliz email@example.com
As part of our ongoing series, MABVI’s Access Technolgy and Occupational Therapists also provide informative videos on assistive devices or access technology to complete daily activities.
Services we provide
MABVI’s in-home vision rehabilitation service is provided by licensed occupational therapists. This service focuses on improving household safety, healthcare management, and adaptive strategies for doing the things you want to do in life.
Your life changes when your vision changes. It’s normal for this to feel upsetting and difficult, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Our Adjustment Counseling program can help.
The best support and advice is offered by people who really know what you’re going through – people who’ve had parallel experiences. Peers with shared experiences may even be able to anticipate your questions. While adjusting to vision loss, and even after you’ve grown accustomed to the change, a peer support group is a big help