With more than a 110 years of experience, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a leader in the field of vision rehabilitation. Our partner optometrists, occupational therapists, peer support group leaders and 1:1 community volunteers helped more than 1,100 Massachusetts residents live with dignity and independence this year.
- 837 in-home vision rehabilitation visits helped adults and elders learn new strategies for living safely with low vision and learn how to use adaptive technology.
- 285 patients attended 302 appointments at MABVI-operated low vision centers. Low vision centers increase access to low vision magnification devices and to vital training about learning to use your remaining sight.
- In addition to MABVI-operated clinics, we partner with affiliated practices in the community to ensure that comprehensive low vision rehabilitation services are available across the state.
- Our Peer Support Groups helped 424 adults and seniors cope with the fears and frustrations of vision loss. Group members attended meetings 2,229 times at 34 locations across the state.
- 142 individuals received 1:1 assistance with grocery shopping, errands, reading mail and other clerical tasks. Volunteers are a cost-effective, confidential source of support who help reduce a visually impaired person’s need to rely on family or friends for tasks that require sight.
- Our medical transportation volunteers escorted 49 patients to 375 medical appointments, filling a critical transportation gap for visually impaired individuals and increasing access to health care.