Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
February 2017
In This Issue
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MABVI Summit Sponsors

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Elaine Ellenbogen

Michael and Lee Ann O'Friel and Family 
Memorial Foundation for the Blind 
Team With
A Vision Sponsors

Delta Gamma

HUB International

John Hancock

Votze Butler Associates

Anna_s Taqueria

Lowell Spinners

Wolverine Worldwide
Team With A Vision Alumni 
Support MABVI: Run The Blindfold Challenge 

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has joined with National Braille Press and Perkins School for the Blind to bring you the Blindfold Challenge once again this year. 

By taking part in the  Blindfold Challenge ,  you will inspire yourself, stretch your perceptions, and raise critical funds for organizations that support individuals who are blind or visually impaired living in Massachusetts. Make a difference in your community, among your peers, and on race day!
Join us as we toe the line on Saturday, April 15th to run 3.1 miles at the B.A.A. 5K, which runs along the Boston Marathon route!
A Blindfold Challenge team consists of 2 sighted runners; one is blindfolded and the other runs as a guide, navigating the streets of Boston with a tether and verbal cues to safely cross the finish line. Together, you and your guide set out to prove that with teamwork and training, something that seems impossible can become achievable. 

This is a great race and event that raises funds: Each Blindfold Challenge team is required to raise $1,000 and awareness for organizations serving the blind and visually impaired community in Massachusetts! What better way to raise awareness than among the 10,000 other runners at the B.A.A. 5K?
What's a Blindfold Challenge without a post-race brunch? Join us after the race along with your teammates to enjoy a delicious spread, guest speaker, and raffle prizes galore at the iconic Hampshire House!  We'd love for you to forward along details about the Blindfold Challenge to your running community. Come run with us and join the MABVI team!

Get more information on the  Blindfold Challenge website.

Introducing VIBRANT 
VIBRANT ( Visually Impaired and Blind Recipients Accessing New Technology) is a new program started by MABVI in cooperation with the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and the Highland Street Foundation. 

This new program includes two new assistive technology centers that highlight new tools that can aide you in reading books, online shopping, finances and bill paying, social media, watching TV and more. 

Contact the VIBRANT staff today for an assistive tech assessment. 

Call: 617-897-0771 

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
We are so grateful for the support our volunteers and community partners give us throughout the year. 

This year, on April 16, we will celebrate our community volunteers, fundraisers, and the Team With A Vision marathon athletes. 

This event give us the chance to thank you all for your care, time, and continuing commitment to MABVI. 

More details about the brunch to come soon, but for now, save this date! 

About Us:
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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