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.


  • Guidelights and Gadgets

    Phone: (781) 321-2571
    Email: krausch@scheur.com or bscheur@scheur.com
    Web: www.guidelightsandgadgets.com

    The merging of two diverse products lines.  One line of products promotes the safe and convenient travel for service and guide dogs. The other line provides accessible and easy to use “people technology” enabling people who are blind or visually impaired to have fun, easy to use electronic products and fun gadgets.


  • Helen Keller Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC) - New England Regional Office

    175 North Beacon Street
    Watertown, MA 02472

    Phone: 617-923-1600
    Fax: 617-923-1601
    Email: steve.perreault@hknc.prg
    Web: www.hknc.org

    HKNC provides evaluation, counseling, training, placement and related services for youth and adults who are deafblind.


  • Ictext, Inc.

    PO Box 638
    320 Cooper Street
    Agawam, MA 01001

    Phone: (413) 422-0624
    Fax: 888-853-1919
    Email: joe@ictextinc.com
    Web: www.ictextinc.com

    Ictext quickly provides equal access to textbooks and course materials and reduces expenses by converting printed matter to e-text. Ictext offers texts in a variety of accessible formats.


  • Independence Associates, Inc. - Center for Independent Living

    100 Laurel Street, Suite 122
    East Bridgewater, MA 02333

    Phone: (508) 583-2166 or (800) 649-5568
    Fax: (508) 583-2165
    Web: www.iacil.org


  • Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc.

    27 Congress Street, Suite 107
    Salem, MA 01970

    Phone: (978) 741-0077
    Fax: (978) 741-1133
    Web: www.ilcnsca.org


  • Kurzweil Educational Systems

    24 Prime Parkway
    Natick, MA 01760

    Phone: (800) 894-5374
    Fax: (781) 276-0650
    Email: info@kurzweiledu.com
    Web: www.kurzweiledu.com

    Develops reading technology for people with learning disabilities and those who are blind or visually impaired. The roots of the company extend back to 1976 and the introduction of the world’s first reading system, the Kurzweil Reading Machine.


  • Learning Ally (Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)

    2067 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02140

    Phone: (617) 500-2706
    Email: custserv@learningally.org
    Web: www.learningally.org

    Learning Ally provides a lending library of educational books on CD and recording services for people with print disabilities.


  • Lowell Association for the Blind (LAB)

    169 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Phone: (978) 454-5704
    Fax: (978) 458-5563
    Email: labinfo@lowellassociationfortheblind.org
    Web: www.lowellassociationfortheblind.org

    The LAB Adult Program provides social, educational and recreational activities, adaptive computer training, information and referral, and braille instruction. Youth Programs are available for ages 5 and up, as well as the VIP (Visually Impaired Partners) mentoring Program. The LAB/TIC Radio Reading affiliate offers programming five days a week.


  • MAB Community Services

    (See Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired)


  • MAB Community Services

    Three locations:

    267 High Street
    Holyoke, MA 01040
    Phone: (508) 854-0700 or (888) 613-277

    300 Stafford Street, Suite 112
    Springfield, MA 01104
    Phone: (413) 734-7343 or (888) 613-2777

    799 West Boylston Street
    Worcester, MA 01606
    Phone: (508) 854-0700 or (888) 613-2777

    Web: www.mabcommunity.org


  • Magnisite

    PO Box 340
    Charlton, MA 01507

    Phone: (508) 410-8160
    Email: magnisite@verizon.net
    Web: www.magnisitene.com

    Founded and operated by people with low vision, Magnisite provides video magnifiers for people with low vision.


  • Massachusetts Accessible Instructional Materials Library (formerly Vision Resource Library)

    Baylies Cottage, Massachusetts Hospital School
    3 Randolph Street
    Canton, MA 02021

    Phone: (781) 562-0461
    Fax: (781) 562-0463
    Email: cbrasier@aimlibrary.org
    Web: www.aimlibrary.org

    Statewide library which loans large print, braille and tangible teaching aids to legally blind students, ages 0-22, who are registered with the library.


  • Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program - Easter Seals MA

    484 Main Street #600
    Worcester, MA 01608

    Phone: (800) 244-2756 ext. 431 or ext. 428
    Fax: (508) 751-6444
    Email: massatloan@eastersealsma.org
    Web: www.massatloan.org

    The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program assists individuals with disabilities and their family members in securing financing to help them afford those devices they need to live independent lives.  Assistance is provided throughout the loan process, and the program has options that may be available to people who don’t think they would qualify for a loan.


  • Massachusetts Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (MAPVI)

    P.O. Box 382
    Watertown, MA 02471

    Email: contact@mapvi.org
    Web: www.mapvi.org


  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) - A Division of MAB Community Services

    Main Office:
    200 Ivy Street
    Brookline, MA 02446
    Phone: (617) 738-5110
    Web:  www.mabcommunity.org

    Low Vision Services
    799 Boylston Street
    Worcester, MA 01606
    Phone: (508) 854-0700 or (888) 613-2777
    Fax: (508) 854-0733

    MABVI provides assistance to people coping with sight loss whether they are declared legally blind or not. Comprehensive low vision exams are provided by affiliated low vision optometrists in Springfield, Holyoke, Worcester, Whitinsville, Wellesley, Wayland, Hyannis and Salem. Vision rehabilitation is provided by licensed occupational therapists in consumers’ homes or at the low vision center in Worcester. MABVI operates 34 peer led support groups for visually impaired people throughout Massachusetts. Task-oriented volunteer services in Eastern and Central Massachusetts include reading mail and shopping. In Central Massachusetts, medical transportation can be provided. MABVI also provides case management for visually impaired elders living in the City of Boston.

    MAB Community Services offers a variety of additional programs and services to several populations. The Ivy Street School is a residential and day educational program for adolescents with brain injuries and other neurological difficulties. Adult Disability Services provides day and residential services for disabled adults in community settings throughout Greater Boston.

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