VISION Community Services, Massachusetts Association for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

VISION Community Services, Massachusetts Association for the Blind
23A Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 926-4232 (Local)
(617) 926-1412 (Fax)
(800) 852-3029 (Toll-Free)
vcsinfo@mablind.org
http://www.mablind.org

Brief Description

Also listed as Massachusetts Association for the Blind

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Geographic area served: Massachusetts primarily; information, publications, and alternate media available nationwide.
Publications: VCS Resource Update VCS Resource List

Locations

130 West Liberty Street, #7
Brockton, MA 02301

146 Chestnut Street
Suite 401
Springfield, MA 01103

799 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606

Staff

Kobena Bonney, Springfield Regional Director, (413) 734-7343, kbonney@mablind.org
Carol Curdo, Worcester Regional Director, ccurdo@mablind.org
Berni Engdahl, Greater Boston Regional Director, bengdahl@mablind.org
Fran Weisse, Assistant Regional Director, fweisse@mablind.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Scholastic, recreational.
  • Counseling
    • Offers peer counseling, buddy telephone system, and referral to community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Recruits, trains, and assigns volunteers to provide services, such as reading, clerical work, shopping, and friendly visits, for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information through mail, phone, e-mail, and publications.
  • Recreation Services
    • Refers for and provides consultation to other agencies on recreational/leisure services. Worcester and Springfield regional offices offer recreation and leisure programs.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Through the Vision Habilitative Services Department, provides orientation and mobility and low vision services for adults with mental retardation and vision loss who live in the Metro Region of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation who are referred by a DMR Service Coordinator.
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