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Coffee and a Familiar Face Posted on Aug 11

Coffee and a Familiar Face

Braintree’s Rick Swan, who is legally blind, runs a small coffee shop in the lobby of One Ashburton Place in Boston – home to many state agencies including EOHHS. Swan started running the shop with his wife, who is also legally blind, approximately four years   …Continue Reading Coffee and a Familiar Face

MCB Interns Reach for the Stars Posted on Aug 11

The Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House was filled with the sounds of laughter, music, and inspiration in the afternoon of August 11th. The people gathered were there to celebrate the accomplishments of 85 interns, who had found internships this summer through the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading MCB Interns Reach for the Stars

MCB Serving the Blind Community for 110 Years Posted on Aug 4

MCB Serving the Blind Community for 110 Years

On Wednesday, July 13th, MCB turned 110 years old. This presented us with the opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the progress that has been made. Together, we are building on the considerable legacy of those who have preceded us. MCB was established in 1906, with   …Continue Reading MCB Serving the Blind Community for 110 Years

MCB Receives the 2016 American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Distinguished Service Award Posted on Jul 18

MCB Receives the 2016 American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Distinguished Service Award

On July 1st, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) was awarded the 2016 American Optometric Association (AOA) Vision Rehabilitation Distinguished Service Award, which is given to those who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to serving individuals with visual impairment to improve visual efficiency. MCB Commissioner   …Continue Reading MCB Receives the 2016 American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Distinguished Service Award

Secretary Francisco Urena, Commissioner Saner show support for Blinded Veterans of America Posted on May 20

Secretary Francisco Urena, Commissioner Saner show support for  Blinded Veterans of America

On May 18, 2016, the Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services, Francisco Urena and the Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), Paul Saner were keynote speakers at an event hosted by Blinded Veterans of America (BVA) Cape Cod Chapter. The BVA is   …Continue Reading Secretary Francisco Urena, Commissioner Saner show support for Blinded Veterans of America

MCB’s Mitch Sanborn wins Paul McDade “FOCUS” Award for Distinguished Leadership Posted on May 11

MCB’s Mitch Sanborn wins Paul McDade “FOCUS” Award for Distinguished Leadership

During my brief time serving as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission of the Blind (MCB), I have had the pleasure to present numerous awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the blindness community.  Last month, I was asked to make another   …Continue Reading MCB’s Mitch Sanborn wins Paul McDade “FOCUS” Award for Distinguished Leadership

MCB Celebrates National Women’s History Month Posted on Mar 31

MCB Celebrates National Women’s History Month

An important goal of Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) is to create a workplace that reflects the communities and consumers the agency serves. With the help of its Diversity Committee, MCB aims to accommodate and capitalize on the needs, values and differences within the agency   …Continue Reading MCB Celebrates National Women’s History Month

MCB Summer Internship Gives People with Disabilities the Chance to Shine Posted on Sep 9

MCB Summer Internship Gives People with Disabilities the Chance to Shine

In any sport, having a winning percentage of .750 is considered doing extremely well. In fact, most teams that are winning an average of seven out of 10 games are usually sitting atop their division. When this number is used in relation to the percentage   …Continue Reading MCB Summer Internship Gives People with Disabilities the Chance to Shine

Guest Post From Carolyn Graves Posted on May 19

Guest Post From Carolyn Graves

Business owner Carolyn Graves, owner of Cakes & Islands, talks about overcoming her physical challenge to realize her sweet dream. I was born deaf. But with the use of hearing aids, I had some hearing.  Without them I couldn’t hear anything at all. My parents   …Continue Reading Guest Post From Carolyn Graves

Patrick Administration Honors Massachusetts Commission for the Blind’s 11 Years of Successfully Placing Summer Interns Posted on Sep 2

Patrick Administration Honors Massachusetts Commission for the Blind’s 11 Years of Successfully Placing Summer Interns

The Patrick Administration’s Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) recently celebrated its eleventh year of the MCB Summer Internship Program, as well as the 77 summer interns who participated in this year’s program during a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House’s Great Hall of Flags.   …Continue Reading Patrick Administration Honors Massachusetts Commission for the Blind’s 11 Years of Successfully Placing Summer Interns