Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
March 2013
In This Issue
Volunteer Appreciation
Blindfold Challenge
Change the Way You See Things Short Film
Team With A Vision 20th Anniversary
Team With a Vision members running the 2012 Boston Marathon
5K not enough? Last chance to join MABVI's Team With A Vision, a team of blind and sighted runners competing together to conquer the Marathon and raise money for vision rehab services. This is the 20th Anniversary of TWAV's participating in the Boston Marathon.
For more information contact our Marathon Team Coordinator Josh Warren
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Save the Date: Volunteer Appreciation Brunch


The annual Volunteer Appreciation and Marathon Brunch will be held Sunday, April 14 at the Westin Copley Place hotel at 12 pm.


The brunch honors and celebrates MABVI volunteers for their service to blind and visually impaired individuals. Volunteers help with everyday tasks such as grocery shopping and reading the mail, and many form lifelong friendships. The brunch also recognizes MABVI's Team With A Vision for their Marathon running and fundraising in support of MABVI.

Register for the brunch 

A blindfolded runner and guide run tethered at the B.A.A. 5K


MABVI Has Spots Left for the 
Blindfold Challenge


On Sunday, April 14, 2013, the Boston Athletic Association will partner with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and other local blindness organizations to host the Blindfold Challenge at the B.A.A. 5K. Teams (comprised of a blindfolded runner and a sighted guide) will run to raise money for MABVI's programs. 


The Blindfold Challenge brings awareness and resources to essential efforts to give blind or visually impaired individuals the power to live more independently. In the Blindfold Challenge, runners are connected by a two-foot tether and will run the same course, at the same time, and under the same circumstances as the other runners in the 5K race. Running in solidarity with the blind athletes who are running in the 5K and marathon that weekend, the blindfold challenge demonstrates the capabilities of all people when given the proper tools.


For more information, visit the Blindfold Challenge website at 


Registration for the B.A.A. 5K has closed, but you can still sign up for the Blindfold Challenge. There are a few more slots available but they are going fast! If you would like to learn more about participating please email Cynthia Canham or call (617) 732-0245.

"Change the Way You See Things"


This short film by Christian Bergren-Aragon recaps the 2012 Blindfold Challenge's debut at the B.A.A. 5K.
Follow the Blindfold Challenge on Facebook and Twitter for updates about this year's race.
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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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