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Annual Meeting 2015  

*Save the Date*   


This year's Annual Meeting for MAB Community Services will focus on our initiative to recruit, train, and retain the best talent for direct care positions.


The evening will feature a panel of expert speakers and the presentation of Community Partner Awards.


Information for MAB's Annual Meeting 2015:


5:30 pm


October 21, 2015


1 Beacon St.
Boston, MA
MABVI Welcomes New Director of Vision Rehabilitation

Megan Briggs

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is proud to announce Megan Briggs as our new Director of Vision Rehabilitation. In this role, Megan will be providing training, oversight, and direction for our expanding Occupational Therapy program.  


Megan comes to us from Commonwealth Medicine at UMass Medical School with a wealth of experience and a Master's in Healthcare Administration.


Welcome aboard, Megan! 

Latest MABVI Insight Blog: "Listening & Responding"

Kyle Robidoux, Jen Buchanan, and Jen's dog Keating pose in MABVI's Brookline offices
In our latest Insight blog, MABVI's Kyle Robidoux and Jen Buchanan outline the philosophy  they have adopted in shaping MABVI's Volunteer Program in Eastern Massachusetts. 

In addition to traditional volunteer activities, such as reading and shopping, Kyle and Jen explain how more unique requests such as running or going to the gym have caused them to become more adaptive and responsive.  
Read the full article here.  



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Dr. Ross Greene to Speak  

at Ivy Street School  

Special Education Summit 

Dr. Ross Greene
Dr. Ross Greene

Ivy Street School is proud to announce that Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Excellence in Special Education Summit. The Summit will be co-hosted by Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA) and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA), and will also include workshops on topics relating to brain injury, autism, and effective transition programming.  


The goal of the Summit is to highlight innovative research and its practical implications for special education. It is held in honor of the late John Pratt, Associate Director of the Whitehead Institute for 25 years.  


Dr. Greene is the is founder and Director of non-profit organization Lives in the Balance and the originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach to improving outcomes for behaviorally challenging youth. He served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.  


The event will be held September 30th. Visit our website for updates and more information. 

$50,000 Training Grant Helps Launch Recruitment  

& Retention Initiative 


An ADS direct care staff member working with an individual in a wheelchair


This year MAB's Adult Disability Services (ADS) was the recipient of a $50,000 training grant from MassBay Community College and the state of Massachusetts to develop and implement training for ADS program managers. This partnership helped launch planning for an exciting new initiative to recruit, train, and retain talented, dedicated direct care staff.

We look forward to deepening our partnership with
MassBay and other institutions to create a full-fledged career development program that includes creative  
recruitment strategies, training and workshops, educational scholarships, and increasing levels of responsibility for staff as they grow at MAB.

We know that the best programming  happens when you have the best staff. This initiative will allow us to further strengthen our work in this regard, ensuring that each individual receives the personalized attention they deserve from committed, highly-qualified staff. 

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Vocational Partner PaneraCares Gives Ivy Street School Students Real-World Experience 

An Ivy St. student working at PanerCares in Boston
An Ivy Street School student working at
PaneraCares in Boston

Recently we honored our vocational partner PaneraCares with a Community Partner Award for developing an internship program for Ivy Street School students. Through this program, students have had the opportunity to use the vocational skills they learn at the school in a real-world work environment. 


Learn more about the Community Partner Award honorees at Ivy Street School's 2015 Graduation here.  



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