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mcb-birthday-110yearsOn 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 two mandates: to “ameliorate” the conditions that are the result of legal blindness; and to keep a register of all legally blind persons in the Commonwealth. At the time, MCB was the second agency for the blind to be established following Connecticut. It was originally comprised of 3 men and 2 women, including Ms. Helen Keller. This group functioned as a board of directors and was charged with establishing a state agency to provide services to blind persons. That original agency was organized primarily around two residential workshops for the blind; one for men, and the other for women. In 1919, the then Commission was incorporated into the State Department of Education and renamed the Division of the Blind. In 1966, the agency was reestablished as the separate commission that it remains today. While the word “ameliorate” is still part of MCB’s statute–thankfully it isn’t often used. Ameliorate means to make a problem better, or at least less painful. Blindness has come a long way since MCB was founded. The long white cane didn’t come into being until 1931. The first, life-changing but still rather primitive, assisted technology converting text to speech came on the scene in 1975, and MCB’s last sheltered workshop was closed in 2009. These and many other advances along with the agency’s incredibly capable and caring staff allow most of MCB’s consumers to regain productive independence, surmounting blindness as a problem.

Happy 110th Birthday MCB!

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