Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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MABVI FIRST IN NATION

Sassy Outwater-Wright Director of Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired making announcement at AIRA Headquarters

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is the first employer in the nation to join the Aira Employer Network and offer Aira's assistive technology service to its employees. MABVI and Aira are making a joint announcement to launch the initiative from Aira's headquarters in La Jolla, CA with representatives from the National Federation of the Blind and American Foundation for the Blind. Using Aira smart glasses or smartphone cameras, MABVI blind and low vision employees will be able to stream live video of their workplace surroundings with Aira agents, on-demand. With this live view, trained Aira agents can provide real-time narrative of the workplace, and assist with job-related tasks.
"Assistive platforms like Aira give our staff unprecedented improvements in productivity," says Sassy Outwater-Wright, Director of MABVI, speaking from the announcement event in La Jolla. "By giving our blind and low vision employees this service, we aim to level the playing field for all staff, which, in the end, better serves the needs of our clients."


Making A Difference
Volunteer on left--woman with long brown hair assiting African American gentleman with computer technology
1:1 Volunteer Giving the Gift of TIME
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
BRUNCH
April 15, 2018



Volunteer Brunch Invitation.  Champions of  Volunteer Service
We LOVE our Volunteers!  Please join us on Sunday April 15 as we  celebrate our volunteers and community partners. 

This event gives us the chance to thank you all for your care, time, and continuing commitment to MABVI.  The brunch is at the Westin in Copley Square.

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The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a program of MAB Community Services. MABVI has been creating opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals 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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Director Sassy Outwater-Wright talking at AIRA headquarters about her LIGHT BULB Moment
Director Sassy Outwater--Wright talks about her LIGHT BULB moment

Sassy Outwater-Wright, Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, joins President of National Federation of the Blind and President of American Foundation for the Blind to discuss employment initiative from AIRA Technology.
 
"B.L.I.N.D." Blind Legislative Informational Networking Day 2018 Tenth Anniversary


You are cordially invited to attend the 10th annual Blind Legislative Networking Day on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM in The Great Hall, at The Massachusetts State House in Boston.

This year's event may be the most important BLIND event of all! Your advocacy is critical to the future of blindness services as we know them in the Commonwealth!

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This is a critical year to make your voices heard at the State House - services as you have known them are clearly at risk and must be preserved! Please add your voice to our advocacy efforts!  
At this important time, the community is working to both provide information and network with legislators on the need for appropriate funding for the blindness community's vital service needs.   
  • The Governor's proposed budget for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) for fiscal year 2019 has recommended essentially level funding. However, MCB faces a $1.55 million annual deficit despite significant recent cuts. This is due to historic practices and systemic issues triggered by several recent external factors. Early this fall Federal Vocational Rehabilitation funding was reduced and MCB was monitored by the Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). The audit exposed fiscal issues going back more than 30 years and a finding ignored by MCB when last audited by RSA in 2009. MCB is working with the Baker Administration and Legislature  to secure additional funding beyond that proposed in the Governor's budget in order to eliminate this deficit.


TEAM WITH A VISION
25TH Anniversary Celebration
 April 14, 2018
Celebrate Team With A Vision

Team With A Vision turns 25 and we are throwing a party fitting for a Boston Marathon Weekend! You are invited to a carbo-loading celebration saluting athletes, volunteers, and community members who have made us the team we are today!



Thank You
Team With A Vision partners 
 
Presenting Partner
Gibney Family Foundation

Gold Partner
AIRA Tech Corp
Delta Gamma Foundation

Silver Partner
Barnstock

To become a partner 
contact 

Linda Werman 
lwerman@mabcommunity.org

Andrea Croak
acroak@mabcommunity.org