Professional Preparation Programs & Support Organizations

This directory was produced by the Perkins Library to assist consumers and professionals in locating services for persons who are blind or visually impaired in Massachusetts. Learn more about the Massachusetts Directory of Agencies.

  • Association of Massachusetts Educators of Students with Visual Impairments (AMESVI)


    AMESVI is an association of professionals who work with students with vision impairments.  AMESVI’s goal is to improve and enrich the lives of students with visual impairments through advocacy, professional development, and the education of others, including members of the general public, regarding the unique educational needs of students with visual impairments.

  • Boston College Department of Teacher Education: Special Education, Curriculum, and Instruction

    120 Campion Hall
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    Phone: (617) 552-4239

    New England’s only program offering a Severe Disabilities Program and a specialization in deafblind.

  • Northeast Chapter of the Association for the Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (NE/AER)


    NE/AER supports professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy.  NE/AER is a volunteer-based organization with a board of directors, working committees, an annual conference, discipline- specific workshops, and a newsletter for members. For further information on NE/AER or to contact the leadership, visit the website.

  • Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education Institute for Community Inclusion

    20 Park Plaza
    Boston, MA 02116

    Phone: (617) 287-7623
    Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Coordinator: (617) 287-7595
    Professional Development Coordinator: (617) 287-7633

    The Research Training and Technical Assistance Center in Visual Impairments provides the basis for regional collaboration in funding and support for teacher education, professional development, curriculum development and Research in Education of Students with Visual Impairments.

  • University of Massachusetts Boston Graduate College of Education Vision Studies Program

    100 Morrissey Boulevard
    Boston, MA 02125

    Phone: (617) 287-4385
    Fax: (617) 287-7727

    Provides opportunities for graduate studies in visual impairments.