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In This Issue
Annual Report Released
Matching Gift Challenge
New Website Launches
Our Stories Exhibit
Join Team With A Vision
Annual Meeting Recap
Panel Discussion
Community Partner Awards
Annual Report 2014
Our Annual Report for 2014 is out! Read to learn more about what was a phenomenal year for MAB! 
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Matching Gift Challenge Update 


We are happy to announce that the Ivy Street School's matching gift challenge was a success, and we met our goal! Funds will go towards renovating the school's library and solarium! 

Our work is never done, however, and every donation helps us to better serve the people who depend on us, so please consider donating by clicking below. 

New Website Launches
We have redesigned our website! To see MAB Community's new online home, click here.
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"Our Stories" exhibit on display until Nov. 3 


MAB's Our Stories Exhibit will be on display until November 3rd at the UMass Medical School Lamar Soutter Library in Worcester.
The exhibit combines stunning photography by  Meg Landers with oral histories of individuals served by MAB. It movingly portrays the story of the deinstitutionalization of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from inside the movement.

Join Our Marathon Team
A girl representing Team WIth A Vision runs in the Boston Marathon, smiling and pumping her fist in the air

Interested in running the Boston Marathon in 2015? Apply to our Team With A Vision of visually impaired and sighted runners!   

Apply online here
TechDemosTechBlogINSIGHT Blog
Want to learn more about the apps for the visually impaired that our OTs demonstrated at the Annual Meeting? Check out our latest Insight blog! 
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 Annual Meeting 2014 

One of our OTs demonstrates the EyeNote app for an attendee.
One of our Occupational Therapists
demonstrates the EyeNote app 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on October 8th. It was a wonderful evening and we are honored to have the support of such amazing, passionate people. 


From the technology demonstrations by our Occupational Therapists to the enlightening panel discussion, it is clear that modern technology will play an ever-increasing role in helping visually impaired individuals maintain their independence. It is crucial that we continue to raise awareness about technological advances and the need to make apps and devices affordable and available to all who need them.


We also recognized Community Partners who made generous contributions of time, talent, and resources to our programs. 


Outgoing President Craig Pfannenstiel is presented with a commemorative hat for his years of service
Outgoing President Craig Pfannenstiehl is presented with a commemorative hat for his years of service


In addition, we honored outgoing Board President Craig Pfannenstiehl and elected Michael O'Friel as his successor. Michael's father Paul served on the MAB Board for fifty years and we are thrilled to have such strong leadership and commitment from another generation of the O'Friel family. 


Over the past three years, MAB's revenue has grown by a stunning 50%, allowing us to enhance and expand all three of our programs. Enrollment and referrals are growing and we are fortunate to have a highly professional staff who are experts in their fields. Please take a look at our Annual Report to see how your continued support and partnership are making it possible for us to transform lives.   


Looking forward, we are well-positioned to achieve even greater accomplishments in the coming years, and we will work closely with you to continue to grow and not only meet but exceed our own expectations.


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Panel Panel Discussion: "An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" 

Prof. Jennifer Kaldenberg speaking on our panel on tech for visually impaired.
Prof. Jennifer Kaldenberg speaks on our panel about technology for the visually impaired

In our panel discussion, experts from different backgrounds and perspectives spoke on the role of technology in the lives of visually impaired individuals. The panel consisted of:  


- Moderator Paul Saner, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind 


- Jennifer Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, 

Clinical Director at MAB/Mass Association for the Blind and Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at BU's Sargent College


- Paul Rumul, Executive Vice President and COO of The Davenport Companies


- David Morrison, co-leader of a MABVI low vision support group


To read a summary of this panel discussion, click here.  


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AwardsCommunity Partner Award Recipients

Representatives from Spaulding receive Community Partner Award from Barbara Salisbury and Zack
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network receives a Community Partner Award from MAB's CEO and an appreciative client 

Thanks to these amazing Community Partners who were honored at our Annual Meeting:


- Spaulding Rehabilitation Network


- The Memorial Foundation for the Blind

- Gail Schechter, photographer

- Dr. Steven Perryman, Hopkinton Low Vision Center

To read about the ways that each honoree has contributed to our mission, click here.


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MAB has been creating opportunities for individuals 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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