Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Partnership & Innovation
December 2011
In This Issue
New Low Vision Clinic
A Groundbreaking Collaboration
Family Volunteering
How You Can Help
Low Vision Clinic Opens in Springfield 

 

We're proud to announce that our new low vision clinic in Springfield is now open! It joins our clinics in Holyoke and Worcester.

 

MABVI's Director, Jesse Mermell, appeared on WWLP's MassAppeal to talk about the new clinic and share tips for living with low vision. See the video here.

 

Low vision clinics  provide special eye exams that help people with vision loss learn to use their remaining sight. Follow-up training can be provided by an occupational therapist in the patient's home.  

 

For information about our low vision clinics call 508-854-0700 or 888-613-2777.  

Team With A Vision
Team members Tina and Mick running the Marathon
We're looking for marathon runners who have secured their own bib numbers for the 2012 Boston Marathon´┐Ż and would like to join our Team With A Vision. It's a team of blind and sighted runners competing together to conquer Boston and raise money for vision rehab services. Contact Joshua Warren for more info.
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Your Legacy
 
We've been creating opportunities for blind individuals for more than a century because a long list of benefactors has included us in their estate plans. Please consider a bequest or income trust to benefit the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. For more information call 617-732-0245.

Boston Medical Center Collaboration

 

Uncorrectable vision loss is a major health care problem for Boston's seniors. Sight loss creates serious health disparities, yet it is frequently overlooked by medical providers who do not know about vision rehabilitation (the adaptive strategies and counseling needed to live safely with low vision). Vision rehabilitation helps seniors manage their healthcare and continue to live in their homes.

 

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has launched a new collaboration with Boston Medical Center that will integrate vision rehabilitation into BMC's geriatric case management services. Together we'll help visually impaired elders stay healthy.

Volunteering -- A Family Affair

 volunteer and client

The MABVI Volunteer Program matches blind and visually impaired individuals with sighted volunteers from to assist with daily tasks such as reading mail and grocery shopping. The Gibney Family Foundation has awarded us a $20,000 grant to start a new Family Volunteer Initiative, in which teens and parents volunteer together to help a blind neighbor and learn about the myths and realities of sight loss.

Interested in learning more? Would you or someone you know like to get involved? Read about becoming a volunteer or watch our video PSA.

Give the Gift of ConfCCTVidence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you plan your year-end giving, please consider the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

 

The number of visually impaired people is expected to double by 2030 as more people experience age-related sight loss. Last year we helped more than 1,300 Massachusetts residents gain the skills and confidence they need to live safely in their homes and keep doing the things they love to do.

 

You can donate online using our secure website. Please make your gift today. 

 

To mail a donation, please make your check out to MABVI and mail to:

 

Cynthia Canham

Development Director

MABVI

200 Ivy St

Brookline, MA 02446

 

Thank You.

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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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