The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Winter 2016
In This Issue
New BlindTool App Offers "Eyes in Your Pocket"  
Meet Team With A Vision
Three Team With A Vision runners crossing the Boston finish line
Three Team With A Vision runners crossing the Boston finish line
Volunteers Needed  
Sign up for the Blindfold Challenge
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Registration is now open for the fifth annual Blindfold Challenge at the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 16th!

The Blindfold Challenge is a unique opportunity to run a 5K blindfolded with the help of a guide. Runners take the challenge to demonstrate their solidarity with the visually impaired community and to raise awareness of the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired when given the proper tools.

Runners receive training to prepare for the race and commit to raising funds for vision rehabilitation, technology, and education services.

Only a limited number of spots are available, so apply today at and select MABVI as your team.

Solutions in Sight_ A Summit to Address the Vision Loss Crisis
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On May 4th, MABVI is hosting a forward-thinking, solutions-driven summit to address gaps in services for individuals who are visually impaired.

Panelists will include thought leaders in technology, healthcare, and business discussing how to address the needs of the growing population of older adults with vision loss as well as continue to serve the younger generation of people who are blind.

If we are not prepared to meet the need, we will have a service delivery crisis with severe economic and quality-of-life repercussions. Learn more about Solutions in Sight here .

Adjustment to Vision Loss Counseling

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Losing one's sight can initially feel devastating and overwhelming, and it can lead to depression or isolation. At MABVI we know it doesn't have to be this way, and that is why have launched a new service: Adjustment to Vision Loss Counseling.
Our Adjustment Counselors can help an individual understand and work through the process of grief associated with vision loss and develop strategies for coping with the physiological and emotional challenges it presents.  Learn more.  

Volunteering with MABVI:
"A Wynne-Win Situation"

"From that very first moment that we were able to meet in person, I feel like I get as much out of it as Wynne does. We like to say it's a total Wynne-Win situation!"

Teresa and Wynne were matched through our one-on-one Volunteer Program . In this video from our YouTube page, we sat down with them to learn more about their close friendship, how the Volunteer Program has benefit them both, and why having a volunteer can actually increase your independence.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, apply here.

To watch the video, click on the image below or on this link:

Volunteering with MABVI_ A Wynne-Win Situation video
Volunteering with MABVI:
"A Wynne-Win Situation"
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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