Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Cause Area

  • Community
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors


200 Ivy StreetBrookline, MA 02446 United States

Organization Information

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.


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.


Would you recommend Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired?
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by Elayne A. (April 15, 2024)
Highly recommend this service. Rewarding to assist visually impaired people, such a variety of needs for people all over; great service, coordinator easy to work with and well organized. Be prepared for technology mid level of learning, using SLACK , doing remote desktop work.,,,etc. Check it out!
by Jennifer L. from Brighton, MA (February 16, 2018)
Great organization to volunteer with! After a quick but informative orientation, they found me a match and I started volunteering within weeks. They did a great job in matching me as we hit it off right away. I mostly assisted her with her grocery shopping, but also helped her with other things around the house. She was actually able to get someone full time to help her but we still text (yes, she can text) and meet up for lunch once in a while. Great experience, very enriching.
by Ed K. (July 17, 2017)
MABVI is a hidden gem. It's a terrific organization offering assistance to blind individuals across the state. I stumbled across MABVI on Facebook but wish I learned of them years earlier. I have been volunteering with MABVI for nearly a year now. Their terrific team connected me with a gentleman in my hometown. I spend a few hours a week with him. It's far from back-breaking work... Rides to appointments, help reading mail, and weekly grocery runs. It might not be strenuous but it's extremely rewarding. I have forged a friendship with the gentleman I assist and he never lets me forget how appreciative he is of my help and time. MABVI did a terrific job in matching us. They also offer continuous support to their volunteers and held a fantastic training seminar before I started. You feel prepared and excited before ever stepping foot in the home of the person you're helping. A little time can go a long way! Get involved. You'll be thrilled you did!

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