About Us

MAB Community Services has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Helen Keller served on our first advisory board, along with other notable Bostonians who developed some of the first community services for blind individuals. Today we specialize in individualized rehabilitation and family-focused strategies that help individuals with a range of disabilities live full lives in the community.

Our Mission

MAB Community Services (MAB) is committed to creating opportunities and transforming the lives of individuals with a range of disabilities. Our goal is focused on providing the support necessary so everyone can live a full and satisfying life. Since 1903 MAB has provided the training and supports necessary for individuals, regardless of their disabilities, to be active participants in their communities and in their own lives.  We approach this work with a commitment to create and sustain a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment for all staff and participants.

MAB Community Services’ commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access is a critical driver in all that we do. MAB is actively working to become and sustain an anti-racist organization. We are dedicated to deepening cultural competency, so staff and participants feel welcomed, valued, affirmed, and safe to contribute, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. MAB recognizes the current hardships, history, and systemic oppression that people experience daily. We are committed to evaluating and reflecting on systems and structures to accommodate differences, eliminate unnecessary barriers, and provide everyone with the opportunity to succeed.  To do this work effectively we must strive to have the staff of the organization at all levels reflects the diversity of the people we aim to serve.

Our divisions are:

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) provides vision rehabilitation and support services to 1,200-1400 adults and elders each year. Programs include access to low vision clinics, peer empowerment support groups, 1:1 volunteer assistance, in-home vision rehabilitation, adjustment counseling/mental health supports, and access/assistive technology training.

MAB Adult Disability Services provides residential supports, individual supports, transitional assistance, and vocational/day habilitation programming for individuals with developmental disabilities or brain injuries in Greater Boston and Central Massachusetts. The department operates more than 25 group homes and serves over 300 people each year.

The Ivy Street School is a residential and day school serving adolescents and young adults (ages 13-22) with brain injuries, autism spectrum disorder, or behavioral health challenges. Our Transition Program helps students who have met their graduation requirements but need additional help with life skills and executive functioning. Ivy Street helps students learn the skills they need to transition to successful adult life in the community.