Provide Remote Sighted Assistance for the Blind and Low Vision (Be My Eyes)

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ORGANIZATION: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Volunteers will provide remote sighted assistance to blind and low vision users of the Be My Eyes app. Volunteers will receive a live video feed, to their computer, of whatever the user points their phone camera at, and will help identify or describe whatever the client needs assistance with. Some examples include reading cooking instructions, sorting mail, identifying or describing articles of clothing, describing photos or greeting cards, describing controls to appliances or electronics, etc. Volunteers will also be trained on, and be expected to provide, remote desktop assistance.

Volunteers are expected to sign up for at least one hour-long shift on a weekly basis, (more if they are able), and to be signed into the Be My Eyes dashboard on their personal computer (not smartphone), in a quiet and private location, and ready to take calls during their scheduled times. Notifying the program coordinator of any changes to availability is recommended and appreciated. This program currently operates Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 8:00PM Eastern time, however, coverage hours may change based on total volunteer availability.

Volunteers will be provided initial training on how to use the Be My Eyes web dashboard, tips for how to provide visual interpretation, as well as ongoing feedback, technical and disabilities training, and coaching and support as needed.

*Volunteers MUST Have a U.S. Social Security Number to Submit as Part of the CORI Background Check

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About Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Location:

200 Ivy Street, Brookline, MA 02446, US

Mission Statement

Established in 1903, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is the oldest program in the country providing services to adults with vision loss. Helen Keller served on our first advisory board. MABVI is dedicated to empowering individuals to live with dignity. We provide access to a full range of sight loss services and help reduce fears and isolation caused by vision loss. With offices in Brookline and Worcester, we serve more than 7,000 blind and visually impaired individuals every year. MABVI is a program of MAB Community Services.

Description

Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers a number of services.

In our COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM, volunteers work one-to-one with visually impaired adults in their community, assisting with reading or shopping.

In each of our 35 peer-led SUPPORT GROUPS, individuals gather to share challenges and resources.

Elders with low vision can work with one of our VISION REHABILITATION SPECIALISTS to learn strategies for living with limited or no vision. Special focus on reading and writing, magnification, lighting, diabetes management, home safety and daily activities.

CAUSE AREAS

Computers & Technology
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Computers & Technology, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Customer Service
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers typically commit to a few hours every week. It is expected that Volunteers maintain a minimum of one hour each month. Volunteers will self-schedule for hour-long time slots. We currently operate Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern.
  • Privacy of our users is of utmost concern. While this opportunity is fully remote, it will be necessary to maintain a high level of privacy when taking calls. For this reason, too, it will be necessary for volunteers to submit to a background check.

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