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B.L.I.N.D. Day is Wednesday, April 20th
 

We are proud to be a sponsor of B.L.I.N.D. Day - Blind Legislative Informational Networking Day - at the Massachusetts State House. We hope you'll attend to meet legislators and advocate for funding. If you can't attend, write to or call your legislator. Learn more

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch this Sunday, April 17th
 
Join us in celebration of MAB's dedicated volunteers

 

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

The annual Volunteer Appreciation

Brunch will be held this Sunday, April 17

at 10 a.m. at the Royal Sonesta

Hotel in Cambridge. Come celebrate

our volunteers, fundraisers, and marathon team runners. The event honors the community volunteers who dedicate their time to help people with vision loss by assisting them with grocery shopping, reading mail, clerical work, and more. Tickets are complimentary for volunteers, fundraisers and children under 12;  additional tickets are $50 each.

Call or email Tania Fernandez today

at (617) 732-0241 to RSVP!

Team With A Vision Member Spotlight
 
Meet Stephanie: Visually Impaired Athlete new to TWAV
Stephanie Timmer
Dr. Stephanie Timmer

 

The Team With A Vision will compete in the Boston Marathon for its 18th year on Monday, raising funds for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and raising awareness of the capabilities of people with vision loss. Our team includes sighted and visually impaired runners from Boston and around the country.

 

The team welcomes several newcomers to the Marathon's Visually Impaired Division this year, including Dr. Stephanie Timmer. Stephanie is a two-time silver medalist paralympian and has run 20 marathons, but has never competed in Boston.

 

"I am very excited about this race because it's my first time running Boston," says Stephanie.

Currently she is training for the Paralympic Tryouts for the 2012 Paralympics games in London.  "The marathon will be a great training run for me," she says.

Stephanie is co-founder of Premier Literacy, an assistive technology company that seeks to raise awareness of the increasing demand for digital literacy in school and at the workplace. In addition to earning two doctorate degrees and developing a comprehensive software line for those with reading challenges, her ultimate goal is to be the fastest blind marathon runner in the world. Meet the rest of the Team.

Feeling for Form Tour of Art in Bloom at the MFA
 

The Museum of Fine Arts will offer a special guided tour of the Art in Bloom exhibit for low vision and blind art lovers. Art In Bloom is the Museum's annual celebration of art and flowers and the Feeling For Form tour on Friday, April 29 is free. Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited. 

  

The deadline to pre-register for this program is Monday, April 18.

 

Please email vburrows@mfa.org to pre-register.  Reservations will be confirmed in the order they are received.  In order to secure a reservation for this event, all of the information below must be provided when requesting a tour:

 

1.    Name of blind or low vision visitor.

2.    Contact information (telephone number and email address).

3.    If you will have a sighted guide with you, please let the MFA know

4.    Alternatively, please let them know if you will need a sighted guide.

5.    First and second choice of times for a tour on Friday, April 29, would be appreciated. Tours can be requested from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Tours last approximately one hour.

6.    Please let the MFA know about other accessibility needs such as an assistive listening device or a wheelchair when you register (NOTE: MFA volunteers are not able to push visitors in wheelchairs).

7.    Tell the MFA how you plan to travel to the museum (if your sighted guide is driving, a parking discount is available if requested at the time of registration).

8.    If you plan to travel to the MFA via the Ride, please let the MFA know at the time of registration.

 

The MFA will have a Wait List for this program.  Individuals who are Wait Listed will be notified on Wednesday, April 27, of their status.

About MAB
 
Experience. Innovation. The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a program of MAB Community Services. MAB has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Our experience allows us to forge strong community partnerships to meet the pressing need for high quality services and transform lives.
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To mail a donation, please make your check out to MAB Community Services and mail to:

 

Cynthia Canham

MAB Community Services

200 Ivy St

Brookline, MA 02446

 

Thank You!