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The mission of Lowell Association for the Blind(LAB) is to support, educate, and nurture the blind and visually impaired of the Greater Merrimack Valley by assisting them in the enrichment of their lives and helping them to gain maximum independence. LAB's goal is to stimulate the interest and education of the general public to the problems and issues facing the blind and visually impaired as productive members of society seeking fulfillment of their human potential.
Lowell Association for the Blind is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to working with the blind and visually impaired. Established in 1923, the Association has been serving the Greater Merrimack Valley Community for over 80 years.
For many years, LAB has provided social and recreational programming opportunities for the blind and visually impaired youth, teens and adults. The programs vary in terms of number of participants, frequency of activities and the types of activities offered. In all of our programs, participants have the uniques opportunity to forge friendship with other blind and visually impaired individuals who may be facing some of the same challenges and life experiences. It is our goal to make the worlds of all our participants bigger by exposing them to events, activities and opportunities that they may not otherwise ever have the opportunity to experience.
The LAB has recently begun its Visually Impaired Partners (VIP) program. In the VIP orogram, blind and visually impaired youth from the Greater Lowell area are matched with blind and visually impaired mentors. All matches meet together monthly for a variety of social, recreational, and educational activities. The intent of this program is for the youth to become more aware of their own potential by spending time with an adult who has experienced some of the same challenges and life experience, and who is activily participating in employment and/or community life.
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