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MAB Community Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

MAB Community Services
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 738-5110 (Local)
(617) 738-1247 (Fax)
(800) 852-3029 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Founded in 1903, MAB Community Services is the oldest social service agency in the country providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Since that time, MAB has broadened its scope to include services for adults with developmental disabilities and adolescents with brain injuries.

MAB offers a multidisciplinary rehabilitation approach to helping elders, adults, and adolescents with disabilities live full and meaningful lives in their communities.

It services to persons who are blind or visually impaired are presented under the division name: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, MAB Community Services, in offices located in Brookline and Worcester.

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day residential services. Community services Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Staff description: Uses volunteers as well as paid professional staff.
Geographic area served: Massachusetts.


799 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606

200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446


Carol Curdo, Worcester Regional Director, (508) 854-0700,
Jesse Mermell, State Director, (617) 732-0220,
Barbara Salisbury, CEO,
Fran Weisse, Greater Boston Regional Director, (617) 926-4232,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers activity program for adults with developmental disabilities and blindness: activities of daily living, communications skills, mobility and pre-vocational skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Vocational programs train adults with developmental disabilities and blindness.
  • In-Home Services
    • Elder Rehabilitation Project teaches specialized in-home skills and provides adaptive equipment to elders first experiencing sight loss who are not legally blind.
  • Information and Referral
    • Responds to requests by telephone, mail, e-mail, and in person.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Low vision services provided in Holyoke, Springfield, and Worcester.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers Peer Support Groups for individuals coping with vision loss.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • The Vision Habilitative Services Department provides Orientation and Mobility and Low Vision Services for adults with developmental disabilities and vision loss who live in the Metro Region of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities. Referrals should be sent by an individual's DDS Service Coordinator.
  • Volunteer Services
    • Community volunteers are matched statewide with consumers who are blind or visually impaired to assist with shopping, reading mail, writing checks, etc. Transportation is provided by volunteers in Worcester Area. Volunteers assist with leisure time activities in Worcester area.

Services for Children

  • Low Vision Services
    • Maintains two low vision clinics thap provide low vision evaluation and important information about how a person functions in everyday life, and and training to maximize their usable vision generally with optical devices.
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