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Lowell Association for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lowell Association for the Blind
169 Merrimack Street
Second Floor
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 454-5704 (Local)
(978) 458-5563 (Fax)
(978) 458-5563 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

LAB was founded in 1923 to serve the needs of people who are blind and visually impaired in the Greater Lowell area. It is a non-profit, community-based organization that is dedicated to working with people who are blind and visually impaired.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Staff description: 1 full-time, 5 part-time
Geographic area served: Greater Lowell, area northeast of Boston and Southern NH
Publications: Newsletter/monthly schedule


Elizabeth Cannon, Executive Director,
Dorothy Donovan, Technology Instructor, (978) 454-5704 19,
Monica Mullen, Development Director, (978) 454-5704,
Joshua Stachowski, Adult Services Coodinator, (978) 454-5704

Services Offered

  • Services for Students
    • Has a Youth Program (ages 5-14), Senior Youth Program (ages 15-21), and a Senior Teen Employment Program (ages 15-21).
  • Services for Adults

    • Assistive Products
      • Provide assistance with selecting and order other products including magnifiers, talking watches, etc.
    • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
      • LAB has a library of Braille, Large print and audio books for loan. Ability to produce Braille documents and audio programming.
    • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
      • Offers computer training.
    • Counseling
      • Offers advocacy and referral services.
    • Employment/Job Training
      • Senior Teen Employment Program for teens 14-22.
    • Reading Services
      • Provides radio reading services as an affiliate of Massachusetts Radio Reading Network. Publications include the Lowell Sun, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, Nashua Telegraph.
    • Recreation Services
      • Offers social and recreational activities for the elderly, working-age adults, and youth. Publishes newsletter/monthly schedule of activities.

    Services for Children

    • Recreation Services
      • Youth Program for blind and visually impaired children, ages 5 to 14 provides social, educational and recreational activities on weekends such as trips to the zoo, movies, beach, rock climbing and holiday events. Funded through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

        Senior Youth Program for blind and visually impaired youth ages 15 to 21 meets for social recreational and educational activities such as hay rides, shopping, movies, career camp, holiday events.
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