February 2015
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Tech Review 
Meet Team With A Vision 2015 
Registration is now open for the Blindfold Challenge 2015!  


A woman guides a blindfolded woman as they run together as part of the Blindfold Challenge

We are now accepting applications for this year's Blindfold Challenge at the B.A.A. 5k on Saturday, April 18th! 

If you've never had the chance to experience this one-of-a-kind event, here's how it works: in the Blindfold Challenge, participants run in teams of two, one wearing a blindfold and the other guiding. Racing alongside other participants in the event, Blindfold Challenge participants raise awareness for the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired.
The Blindfold Challenge is a collaborative event MABVI holds in partnership with the  Carroll Center for the Blind, National Braille Press, and Perkins. The event aims to bring awareness and resources to essential efforts to give blind or visually impaired children and adults the power to live more independently.  
Applications are due by March 2nd, so gets yours in today! To fill out a registration form or to learn more about this fun, unique event, visit the event's website at blindfoldchallenge.org. Make sure you designate The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired as the organization for which you wish to fund raise. 


MABVI's Volunteer Program is Making News!  


Valerie and her volunteer Kenny sit on a couch together
Valerie and her volunteer Kenny


Recently our volunteer program was featured in two feature articles:


- In an essay for Boston Globe Magazine's "Connections" section, Erika Fine wrote about her experience volunteering with Marcia, their shared love of jewelry, and what she learned about color from a visually impaired woman. Read the full article here: Describing Color to a Blind Friend 


- In a front page article in the Patriot Ledger, reporter Patrick Ronan profiled one of our volunteer matches that had been going strong for ten years, demonstrating how volunteering can easily turn into friendship. Read the full article here:


We encourage you all to share these articles with your friends, family, and colleagues to help spread the word about our wonderful volunteers and all that they do!


If you or someone you know would like to sign up to volunteer, you may fill out our online application form, email jbuchanan@mabcommunity.org, or call (617) 972-9119. 

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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