MAB Community Services
Newsletter
November 2016
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  Volunteers Needed

 
Make a difference in someone's life by lending your sight for just a few hours each week or month. Sign up to be a one-on-one volunteer with an individual who is blind or visually impaired.  

To learn more about our new volunteer training and to learn when and where they will be held next, click here:  New Volunteer Training

Want to help spread the word about our Volunteer Program? Download our Volunteer Program Flyer  and distribute them in your community!



You may apply to be either a Volunteer for Vision or a Medical Transportation Driver. 

Learn more:  
Volunteers must be at least 18 or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information on our Family Volunteer Program click  here.

From time to time we also need volunteers for our events or to help in our offices. To speak to one of our volunteer coordinators please contact our regional offices.

Greater Boston: 
Call (617) 972-9119 or   VolunteerB@mabcommunity.org

Central Massachusetts: 
Call (508) 854-1733 or 
 
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MAB Annual Meeting 2016 In Review  
  

The theme for this year's annual meeting was "A Real Difference for a Real Life - Transition Programs That Work."

For teens with autism or other learning or social challenges, finding the right school makes all the difference.  Joannie Y. Jaxtimer, Co-Head of Global Philanthropy, BNY Mellon, lead an informational, educated, and spirited conversation focused on transition programs. Our panelists discussed whether teachers and clinicians really understand their unique needs. Is the program creative, flexible, and grounded in research? Is the student going to be able to make a successful transition to adult life, with goals for the future and the skills to take the next steps? Too often, these students enter the real world with limited social opportunities, no vocational prospects, and minimal community independence.
 
A big thank you to our panelists: 
Following the panel discussion, MAB Community Services presented the Community Partner Awards. These organizations and individuals support MAB Community Services and the important work of our divisions; The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Adult Disability Services, and the Ivy Street School.

Awards were presented to: 
  • The Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging in recognition of your commitment to expanding access to life-changing technology for older adults who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Talya Nevo-Hacohen for her work with Adult Disability Services to achieve the highest level of person-centered planning. Your generosity and philanthropic interest is making such a difference in the lives of the individuals MAB Community Services serves.
  • Michelle Garcia Winner for her contributions to the field of special education. Her thoughtful work on Social Thinking has changed the lives and futures of countless children and families.
MAB Community Services has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Our highest priority (and our greatest success) is to make it possible for an individual with a disability to live a full and active life in the community. More than 1,400 lives are affected by our programs each year.
 
We pause a moment to say congratulations to CEO Barbara Salisbury on her 10- year anniversary with MAB Community Services.
 
We appreciate your support as we move forward.  For a look at our photo album of the evening please visit our Facebook page. 
 
Please take a moment and read our Annual Report.
Ivy Street School Awarded Common Sense Media Certification
 

The  Ivy Street School  is now a  Common Sense Media  Certified School in Digital Citizenship! This is an honor that recognizes Ivy Street School's efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion.

This recognition is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. 

Ivy Street is now one of just five schools in Massachusetts that are Common Sense Certified.

Many thanks to long-time MAB Community Services  Board Member,  David Root for his generous contributions to technology resources at Ivy Street School. 
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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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