MAB Community Services
July 2016
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Give the gift of opportunity
MAB's Annual Meeting will be
October 5, 2016
Mark your calendars!

This year's theme will be on best practices in transition services for young adults. Our panel of experts will include Social Thinking founder Michelle Garcia Winner.

We're thrilled to honor Michelle for her groundbreaking work as well as recognize other Community Partners who have helped MAB offer high-quality programs this year.
Please join us at MassHousing at One Beacon Street on the evening of October 5th. Invitation and RSVP to follow.
MAB's Adult Disability Services Launches Young Adult Day Program

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MAB's new  Young Adult Day Program is designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities from their transition into adult programming to the age of 35. Referrals are made through an individual's service provider.

Most programming is community-based, exploring locations such as libraries, coffee shops, farmers' markets, college campuses, and the YMCA. Public transportation is used for all travel.

Programming topics include:
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Executive Functioning
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Health & Wellness
  • Money Management
  • Pre-Employment and Employment Development
  • Travel and Mobility Training
  • Grocery Shopping and Cooking
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Technology Use and Safety
  • Positive Behavior Supports
Programming is tailored to meet the needs of each individual for the most successful young adult experience in the community.

Referrals to the Young Adult Program are made through our MABWorks or MABHAB Day programs.

631-830-5510 or email  for more information.  
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Solutions in Sight:  
Keeping the Conversation Going
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Our Summit to address gaps in services for individuals who are visually impaired was a resounding success. Featuring speakers such as Haben Girma and Hugh Herr, as well as expert panel discussions and lively audience conversation, we identified a number of new ideas to pursue in the areas of technology, healthcare, and active living. 
See video or hear audio from the event here or read this summary of What We Heard at the Summit.
We're keeping up the momentum by convening leaders in ongoing conversation to tackle these issues through partnership and advocacy. We've also committed to the following new program initiatives:
  • Piloting a new vision loss adjustment counseling program with seed funding from the Memorial Foundation for the Blind
  • Recruiting and matching Technology Volunteers as part of our 1:1 Volunteer Program
  • Increasing technology resources available to the individuals we serve and developing new ways to involve the local tech community in solving accessibility challenges
There is much more to come. We hope you will participate in our meetings and focus groups this summer; follow us via   e-newsletter and online ; or contact us directly. We need more thoughtful ideas and innovative partners as we build capacity to meet 21st century needs.
Ivy Street School Honors
Graduates, Community Partners  
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Ivy Street School's Graduation Ceremony recognized the hard work of their 2016 graduating class - the largest in school history - as they move on to the next phase in their lives.

The ceremony also featured the presentation of Community Partner Awards  to a number of individuals and organizations for everything they do to support our mission and help give our students a brighter future:  

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AccesSportAmerica, for giving our students opportunities to stay active and healthy through programs such as a football camp at Gillette Stadium with the New England Patriots.


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JVS Boston, for helping our students develop crucial vocational skills through their Transitions to Work program.


David Root poses with Barbara Salisbury and a student and staff member as he accepts his award


David Root, MAB Community Services Board Member, for his generous contributions to technology resources at Ivy Street School, ensuring our faculty and students have access to the latest in educational and assistive technology.

About Us:
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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