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.
Multi-Cultural Independent Living Center of Boston
329 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: (617) 942-8060
Fax: (617) 942-8630
National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
Produces low-cost braille books, magazines and tactile products, covering subjects such as computers, cooking, philosophy, children’s print and braille books, women’s issues, news and commentary, grammar and writing. Free print or braille catalog upon request.
National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM)
One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
Phone: (617) 300-3400
TTY: (617) 300-2489
Fax: (617) 300-1035
NCAM’s mission is to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities; to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations; to represent constituents in industry, policy and legislative circles; and to provide access to educational and media technologies for special needs students.
National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
Phone: (800) 825-4595
This FCC program, coordinated by Perkins and other partners, gives people with combined hearing and vision loss access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them. Provides accessible technology, such as braille displays, mobile devices and screen readers, free of charge to people who meet federal eligibility guidelines.
National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts
104 Ripley Street
Newton, MA 02459
New England ADA Center
See Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center.
New England Eye Care Center
260 Tremont Street, 9th Floor,
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 636-7800
New England Eye Commonwealth
930 Commonwealth Ave West, Suite 2A
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 262-2020
Fax: (617) 236-6323
New England Eye On-Site - Mobile Low Vision Clinic
Serving adults and individuals with visual impairments throughout the state.
New England Eye Southeastern MA Low Vision Clinic
450 Pleasant St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
New England Low Vision
799 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606
New England Low Vision’s two areas of expertise are providing low vision and blindness products, and customized assistive technology evaluations and training on both low vision and blindness products.
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 Independent Living Program
20 Ballard Road
Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: (978) 687-4288
Fax: (978) 689-4488
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.
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Founded in 1829, Perkins is a global leader in education for people who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with additional disabilities. Perkins provides a wide range of programs, services and tools for infants, children and adults who are blind, as well as families, educators and advocates in the U.S.and internationally.
At its historic campus in Watertown, the school offers accredited residential and day programs for students from birth to 22 years who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities. Programs include academics, arts and music, athletics, physical therapy, prevocational training, independent living skills and more.
Phone: (617) 972-7456
Experts provide independent evaluations of students, age 3 to 22 years, with visual impairments. Students’ strengths and needs are evaluated, so teachers and parents can develop individualized education programs that provide the best possible learning experience for children in public or private schools.
Phone: (617) 972-7432
Weekend, vacation and summer programs give students who are visually impaired an opportunity to develop educational, vocational and independent-living skills, while enjoying recreational activities and spending time with their peers. Students gain self-confidence, insight and friendships for life. Programs are available for elementary through high school students.
Gives vision educators the extra tools and training they need to encourage children who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their maximum potential. Teachers of the visually impaired, early intervention specialists, non-profit and government agency employees can choose from a variety of training seminars, workshops and professional development programs hosted by Perkins.