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Telling An Incredible Story
December 2011
In This Issue
Ivy Street Tech Challenge
MAB's in the News!
A Celebration
Community Partner Spotlight
Ivy Street School Tech Challenge
student and staff in kitchen

Over the past year a group of volunteers has been meeting with ISS staff to develop a Technology Plan and a wish list of adaptive items and education technology from hand-held memory devices to a state-of-the-art SMART Board.


We have a special matching gift challenge. If we can raise $20,000, we will receive an additional $10,000 for the technology campaign.


A generous Board member gave the first $5,000 and our community has raised $7,000 more. We need your help to

meet our goal!


Give the Gift of Technology Today


Every amount helps - please help us match our goal! And please send the link to others who might donate.


Thank You.


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As you plan your year-end giving, please consider MAB Community Services or one of our programs.


You can donate online using the link above. To mail a donation, please make your check out to MAB Community Services and mail to:


Cynthia Canham

Development Director

MAB Community Services

200 Ivy St

Brookline, MA 02446


Thank You!

Part 1: A Reunion
Vincent O'Connell is reunited with MAB clients and long-time friends
Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff







The Boston Globe featured the story of long-time clients Joe Kelsey, Richard Roberts, Curtis Gould, and Albert St. Lawrence on the front page on Thanksgiving Day! MAB residents since 1973, they were reunited with their former teacher Vincent O'Connell at MAB's Annual Meeting November 2. Read the story about the struggle for deinstitutionalization for adults with disabilities and their triumph to live in the community.


Part 2: Four Decades in the Community
Bob, MAB client
MAB partnered with photographer Meg Landers to commission the exhibit "Our Stories," which debuted at the Annual Meeting November 2. These portraits of MAB clients and personal accounts tell the stories of deinstitutionalization from the perspectives of the people who lived through it. Now we're looking for great space to show "Our Stories" to the public in the future. Please let us know about exhibit space in your community.
Part 3: Our Partners


 Thank you to our Sponsors:


Ken and Jan Cunningham


The Emello Family




The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers



Congratulations to our Honorees:


Vincent O'Connell, Head Teacher at MAB's first adult residential program


The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, funder who partnered with MAB in 1976 to dramatically expand residential services


Kathleen Catano, Greater Boston Area Director, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services



Thank you to our Panelists:


Elin Howe, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Developemntal Services


Marty Krauss, Stein Professor of Disability Research and former Provost, Brandeis University


Gerald Morrissey, Vice President, Quality Assurance and Service Development, The MENTOR Network; former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation 1997-2007


Heller Shoop, Director of MAB Adult Disability Services

About Us:
Experience. Innovation. MAB Community Services has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities 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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