Massachusetts Directory of Agencies

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.


  • Carroll Center for the Blind

    770 Centre Street
    Newton, MA 02458

    Phone: (617) 969-6200 or (800) 852-3131
    Fax: (617) 969-6204
    Email: info@carroll.org
    Web: www.carroll.org or www.carrolltech.org

    The Carroll Center for the Blind offers a wide variety of services to people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.  Services are available both at the Carroll Center and in the community.  Services provided include:

    The Rehabilitation Program provides support and intensive training in daily living, travel and communication skills for adults with recent vision loss so they can live independently.  Vocational transition and readiness programs are available for young adults.  Mini courses for elders are also available.

    The Computer Training Services Program instructs blind and low vision persons to independently use the best speech, large print and/or braille access software and hardware as well as the use of iOS devices and other technologies. Instruction is also available for professionals.  Training takes place at the Carroll Center’s Technology Center, at the home, office or classroom of the client, or online through the Carroll Tech Distance Learning program.

    The Community Mobility Department teaches safe travel skills to individuals of all ages at home, work or school. They also provide in-home diabetes management and rehabilitation teaching.

    The Educational Services Program provides school consultation services, student evaluation and professional development courses, and itinerant teachers of the visually impaired who deliver direct instruction.

    Job Placement Services offers resources, support and guidance for those seeking employment, or who need worksite adaptations or consultation in order to remain on the job.

    Summer Programs are offered to youth ages 8-22 from June-August       including: the Youth-In-Transition Program, focus on social development and independent living readiness; the Real World of Work Program emphasizes work experience in the community; Transition to College provides college-bound youth with advanced skill training in computers and daily living; and Carroll Kids /Teens provides academic enrichment opportunities for school-age children.

    Outdoor Recreational Programs include sailing, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and tandem biking.   Adaptive techniques are taught with the help of trained volunteers, and participants can enjoy local and overnight trips throughout New England.

    The Carroll Store sells a wide range of adaptive devices and products such as white canes, magnifiers, talking and braille watches, kitchen items, clocks, labeling supplies and much more.

    Accessibility Services Team provides website evaluation in three areas: evaluate and test websites and web-based applications to determine how accessible they are to users of assistive technology, work with educational institutions to train them on how to effectively deliver online sources, and test and recommend improvements for the accessibility of devices and products for companies.


  • Carroll Center for the Blind

    770 Centre Street
    Newton, MA 02458

    Phone: (617) 969-6200 or (800) 852-3131
    Fax: (617) 969-6204
    Email: info@carroll.org
    Web: www.carroll.org or www.carrolltech.org

    The Carroll Center for the Blind offers a wide variety of services to people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.  Services are available both at the Carroll Center and in the community.  Services provided include:

    The Rehabilitation Program provides support and intensive training in daily living, travel and communication skills for adults with recent vision loss so they can live independently.  Vocational transition and readiness programs are available for young adults.  Mini courses for elders are also available.

    The Computer Training Services Program instructs blind and low vision persons to independently use the best speech, large print and/or braille access software and hardware as well as the use of iOS devices and other technologies. Instruction is also available for professionals.  Training takes place at the Carroll Center’s Technology Center, at the home, office or classroom of the client, or online through the Carroll Tech Distance Learning program.

    The Community Mobility Department teaches safe travel skills to individuals of all ages at home, work or school. They also provide in-home diabetes management and rehabilitation teaching.

    The Educational Services Program provides school consultation services, student evaluation and professional development courses, and itinerant teachers of the visually impaired who deliver direct instruction.

    Job Placement Services offers resources, support and guidance for those seeking employment, or who need worksite adaptations or consultation in order to remain on the job.

    Summer Programs are offered to youth ages 8-22 from June-August       including: the Youth-In-Transition Program, focus on social development and independent living readiness; the Real World of Work Program emphasizes work experience in the community; Transition to College provides college-bound youth with advanced skill training in computers and daily living; and Carroll Kids /Teens provides academic enrichment opportunities for school-age children.

    Outdoor Recreational Programs include sailing, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and tandem biking.   Adaptive techniques are taught with the help of trained volunteers, and participants can enjoy local and overnight trips throughout New England.

    The Carroll Store sells a wide range of adaptive devices and products such as white canes, magnifiers, talking and braille watches, kitchen items, clocks, labeling supplies and much more.

    Accessibility Services Team provides website evaluation in three areas: evaluate and test websites and web-based applications to determine how accessible they are to users of assistive technology, work with educational institutions to train them on how to effectively deliver online sources, and test and recommend improvements for the accessibility of devices and products for companies.


  • Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)

    40 Harvard Mills Square, Suite 3
    Wakefield, MA 01880

    Phone: (781) 245-2212
    Fax: (781) 245-5212
    Email: cast@cast.org
    Web: www.cast.org

    Research and development organization that works to expand opportunities for all people, especially those with disabilities, through innovative uses of technology.


  • Center for Living and Working, Inc.

    484 Main Street, Suite 345
    Worcester, MA 01608

    Phone: (508) 798-0350
    Fax: (508) 797-4015
    Web: www.centerlw.org


  • Coalition for Usher’s Syndrome Research

    2 Clock Tower Place, Suite 418
    Maynard, MA 01754

    Phone: (978) 637-2625
    Email: k.vasi@usher.syndrome.org
    Web:  www.usher-syndrome.org


  • Deaf Blind Contact Center

    215 Brighton Avenue
    Allston, MA 02134

    Phone: (617) 254-4041
    TTY: (617) 254-4925
    Relay: 711
    Fax: (617) 254-7091
    Email: DBCCOffice@gmail.com
    Web: www.deafinconline.org

    The center provides social/recreational activities and SSP (support service provider) volunteer services during events for people who are deafblind. Training and education about deafblindness is also provided.


  • Descriptive Video Service (DVS)

    A Division of The Media Access Group at WGBH

    One Guest Street
    Boston, MA 02135
    Phone: (617) 300-3600
    Fax: (617) 300-1020
    Email: access@wgbh.org
    Web: access.wgbh.org

    For more than 40 years, the Media Access Group at WGBH has been providing accessible media services to the millions of Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. We invented captioning and video descriptions for television, and today we apply those services to movies, the web, museums, educational institutions, theme parks, and other venues.


  • Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)

    New England ADA Center
    180-200 Portland Street, Suite 1
    Boston, MA 02114

    Toll-Free:1-800-949-4232 (voice/tty)
    Phone: 1-617-695-0085 (voice/tty)
    Fax: (617) 482-8099
    Email:  ADAInfo@NewEnglandADA.org
    https://www.newenglandada.org

    DBTAC is a national network of 10 regional DBTAC: ADA Centers that provide the most complete and experienced services for up-to-date information, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, employers, government entities, and individuals with disabilities as well as media and news reporters.


  • Disability Law Center (DLC)

    11 Beacon Street, Suite 925
    Boston, MA 02108

    Phone: (617) 723-8455 or (800) 872-9992
    TTY: (617) 227-9464 or (800) 381-0577
    Fax: (617) 723-9125
    Email: mail@dlc-ma.org
    Web: www.dlc-ma.org

    Western Massachusetts Office:
    32 Industrial Drive East
    Northampton, MA 01060
    Phone: (413) 584-6337 or (800) 222-5619
    TTY: (413) 582-6919
    Fax: (413) 584-2976
    Email: mail@dlc-ma.org
    Web: www.dlc-ma.org

    DLC’s mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.


  • Disability Policy Consortium (DPC)

    PO Box 77
    Boston, MA 02133

    Phone: (617) 542-3822 or (866) 764-3935
    Email: mail@dpcma.org
    Web: www.dpcma.org

    The DPC works through advocacy to redefine government as it affects people with disabilities.


  • Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC)

    300 Granite Street, Suite 404
    Braintree, MA 02184

    Phone: (617) 727-6465 (V/TTY) or (888) 822-0350 (V/TTY)
    Fax: (617) 727-6469
    Hotline: (800) 426-9009
    Email: michelle.habler@dac.state.ma.us

    DPPC is an independent state agency whose purpose is to investigate and remediate cases of abuse of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens. DPPC’s mission is to protect adults with disabilities from the abusive acts or omissions of their caregivers through investigation, oversight, public awareness and prevention.


  • Duxbury Systems, Inc.

    270 Littleton Road, Unit 6
    Westford, MA 01886

    Phone: (978) 692-3000
    Fax: (978) 692-7912
    Email: info@duxsys.com
    Web: www.duxburysystems.com

    Duxbury Systems provides software for braille production. The software can produce contracted and uncontracted braille, mathematics, and technical braille.  Supports braille translation for over 130 languages. Supports braille graphics through Quicktac, our freeware program.


  • Eyecare America (Formerly National Eye Care Project)

    PO Box 429098
    San Francisco, CA 94142

    Phone: (877) 887-6327 (Spanish or English)
    Web: www.eyecareamerica.com


  • Foundation Fighting Blindness - Boston Chapter

    Phone: 781-648-8766

    Email: marthajs@verizon.net
    Web:  www.fightblindness.org


  • Freedom Scientific

    43 Oxford Drive
    Franklin, MA 02038

    Phone: (508) 520-9639
    Fax: (508) 520-9737
    Email: billk@freedomscientific.com
    Web: www.freedomscientific.com

    Manufacturer of technology products for those who are blind or visually impaired, and products for the special education and learning disability markets. Contact: Bill Kilroy.

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