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About Us

MAB Community Services has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Founded as the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, MAB is the oldest social service agency in the country providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Helen Keller served on our first advisory board, along with notable Bostonians Julia Ward Howe (author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic) and Edward Everett Hale.

In the 1970s the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Foundation helped MAB create some of Massachusetts’ first community-based residential and vocational programs for adults with developmental disabilities. In 1993 The Ivy Street School was founded to fill a need for therapeutic and educational services for adolescents with brain injuries. We specialize in individualized rehabilitation and family-focused strategies that help individuals with disabilities live full lives in the community.

Our Mission

MAB’s mission is to work with individuals with disabilities to eliminate barriers and create opportunities. Our experience allows us to forge strong community partnerships so that we can meet the pressing need for high quality services and programs and transform lives.

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"My volunteer started helping me when she was 28 and she’s 45 now. I went to her wedding, her husband’s funeral; she comes now every December and we write all our Christmas cards together. We have a 17 year relationship. I’ve been truly blessed by the relationships I’ve developed through the volunteer program because a lot of the folks who volunteered for me are still in my life as friends."

- Dean

MAB Community Services
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446
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