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.


  • Perkins Library (Formerly Braille & Talking Book Library)

    175 North Beacon Street
    Watertown, MA 02472

    Phone: (617) 972-7240 or (800) 852-3133 (New England only)
    Fax: (617) 972-7363
    TTY: (617) 972-7690
    Email: library@perkins.org
    Web: http://www.perkins.org/library

    The Library provides talking books and playback equipment, audio described movies, large print, braille materials and downloadable audio books to individuals unable to read regular print due to a visual, physical, or reading disability. Institutions providing services to individuals with disabilities are also eligible for the program.

    Other services include reference, reader advisory services, the Newsline program (telephone-based and online access to daily newspapers), foreign language materials, children and young adult programming and services, and presentations to community groups. Offers several newsletters including Dots & Decibels, PerKIDS and El Narrador (in Spanish); operates a brailler repair program; a CCTV and Perkins Brailler loan program;  and has in-house adaptive computer equipment available for borrowers use. Fee-for-service braille production and digital audio recording services are also available.


  • Perkins New England Eye Low Vision Clinic

    175 North Beacon Street
    Watertown, MA 02472

    Phone: (617) 972-7296
    Fax: (617) 972-7297
    Email: lowvision@perkins.org
    Web:   www.perkins.org/community-programs/low-vision-clinic/


  • Perkins Solutions (Formerly Perkins Products)

    175 North Beacon Street
    Watertown, MA 02472

    Phone: 617-972-7308
    Fax: 617-926-2027
    Email:  perkinssolutions@perkins.org
    Web:  brailler.perkins.org

    Manufactures and sells the classic Perkins Brailler®and the Perkins SMART Brailler®, which incorporates computer technology to foster braille literacy for a new generation of learners. Offers an extensive line of accessible communications, technology, and daily living products for people with visual impairments.  Provides training, technical support and installation. Products are available online or at the Perkins Products retail center.  Call for an appointment.


  • Sight Loss Services, Inc.

    Cape Cod and the Islands
    900 Route 134, Town Plaza Building Unit 25
    South Dennis, MA 02660

    Mailing address: Box 241
    South Dennis, MA 02660
    (508) 394-3904 or (800) 427-6842 (MA only)
    Fax: (508) 398-0792
    Email: sightloss@verizon.net

    Provides peer support, information and referral, and home independence training to individuals on Cape Cod and the Islands who are learning to cope and function safely and independently with the loss of vision.  Offers support groups and demonstrates adaptive aids.   Aids that have been donated are distributed to persons in need for free.


  • Southeast Center for Independent Living

    66 Troy Street, Suite #3
    Fall River, MA 02720

    Phone: (508) 679-9210
    Fax: (508) 677-2377
    Web: www.secil.org


  • Stavros Center for Independent Living, Inc.

    210 Old Farm Road
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Phone: 800-804-1899
    Web: stavros.org


  • Talking Information Center (TIC)

    PO Box 519, 130 Enterprise Drive
    Marshfield, MA 02050

    Phone: (781) 834-4400 or (800) 696-9505
    Fax: (781) 834-7716
    Email: general@ticnetwork.com
    Web: www.ticnetwork.com

    TIC is the radio reading service for persons with a print disability in Massachusetts. The following are TIC affiliates that provide access to information to residents with a print disability in their areas:

    Audible Local Ledger
    Deer Crossing C-14
    681 Falmouth Road
    Mashpee, MA 02649
    Phone: (508) 539-2030 or (877) 255-2260
    Fax: (508) 539-2080
    Email: info@audiblelocalledger.org
    Web: www.audiblelocalledger.org

    Audio Journal
    799 West Boylston Street
    Worcester, MA 01606
    Phone: (508) 797-1117
    Fax: (508) 757-4074
    Email: info@audiojournal.net
    Web: www.audiojournal.net

    Lowell Association for the Blind (LAB/TIC)
    169 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor
    Lowell, MA 01852
    Phone: (978) 454-5704
    Fax: (978) 458-5563
    Email: labinfo@lowellassociationfortheblind.org
    Web: www.lowellassociationfortheblind.org

    Valley Eye Radio
    44 Hampden St
    Springfield, MA 01103
    Phone: (413) 747-7337
    Email: http://valleyeyeradio.org/contact
    Web: http://valleyeyeradio.org


  • UMass Memorial Eye Center

    281 Lincoln Street
    Worcester, MA 01605

    Phone: (508) 334-6855
    Fax: (508) 334-6795
    Web: www.umassmemorial.org


  • 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
    Email: robert.mcculley@umb.edu
    Web: www.umb.edu/academics/cehd/curriculum/grad/vision_studies_med

    Provides opportunities for graduate studies in visual impairments. 


  • Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities

    PO Box 848
    Marlboro, MA 01752

    Phone: (800) 974-6006 (Voice or TTY)
    Fax: (508) 460-3962
    Email: VCCD@verizon.com
    Web: www.verizon.com/disabilities

    Verizon provides accessible telecommunications products and services including equipment and accessible format billing statements to Verizon customers with disabilities.


  • Veterans Administration Low Vision Clinic

    Please see the Veterans Administration: Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) listing under Agencies and Organizations.


  • Veterans Administration: Blind Rehabilitation Services Outpatient Clinics

    The VA Blind Rehabilitation Service model of care encompasses an array of rehabilitative services, extending from the patient’s home to the local VA care facility, and to regional low vision clinics and lodger and inpatient training programs. The local VA care facility has Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinators (case managers) who have responsibility for the coordination of services for visually impaired Veterans and active duty Servicemembers. VIST coordinator duties include providing and/or arranging the provision of appropriate treatment in order to enhance functioning such as making referrals to Blind Rehabilitation Centers, Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Services, and low vision clinics.

    Other VIST coordinator duties include identifying newly identified individuals who have severely disabling visual impairment, providing counseling, problem resolution, arranging a review of benefits and needed services, and conducting educational and outreach programs relating to VIST and blindness. Outpatient low vision rehabilitation clinics are available in each state. Veterans and eligible active duty Servicemembers should contact the VIST Coordinator in the VA facility nearest their home. The VIST coordinator can be contacted through the following facilities:

    Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
    200 Springs Road
    Bedford, MA 01730
    Phone: 781-687-2705
    Email contact: Mary.Fardy@va.gov

    VA Boston Healthcare System
    150 South Huntington Avenue
    Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    Phone: (857) 364-6555
    Email contact: Kelly.Dunn2@va.gov or Kathleen.Gabriel@va.gov

    VA Boston Healthcare System
    Brockton Campus 940 Belmont Street
    Brockton, MA 02301
    Phone: (508) 583-4500 x 63451

    Providence VA Medical Center (Cape Cod and the Islands)
    830 Chalkstone Avenue
    Providence, RI 02908-4799
    Phone: (401) 273-7100 x1554
    Email contact: Adele.Geringer@va.gov

    VA Central MA Healthcare System

    Northampton Campus (Springfield, Greenfield, Pittsfield)
    421 North Main Street
    Leeds, MA 01053
    Phone: (413) 483-4040 x 2058

    Worcester Plantation Street Clinic (Worcester and Fitchburg)
    377 Plantation St. Worcester, MA 01605
    Phone: (413) 483-4040 x 6505
    Email contact: Kelli.Jarosz@va.gov


  • Visions of Independence

    34 Crest Road Way
    Sharon, MA 02067

    Phone: (781) 784-3320
    Fax: (781) 784-3520
    Email: feldydad@verizon.net
    Web: www.visionsofindependence.com

    Occupational therapists provide training in daily living skills to low vision patients. Patients are informed about available resources and programs. In home services are provided and covered by Medicare and other insurance providers.


  • Visually Impaired and Blind Users Group (VIBUG)

    C/O Amy Ruell
    9 Quail Run
    Hingham, MA 02043

    Phone: (617) 383-9560
    Email:  president@vibug.org
    Web: www.vibug.org


  • VSA Arts of Massachusetts

    The NonProfit Center
    89 South Street #101
    Boston, MA 02111

    Phone: (617) 350-7713
    TTY: (617) 350-6535
    Fax: (617) 482-4298
    Web: www.vsamass.org

    VSA Arts of Massachusetts promotes inclusion of people with disabilities in communities and develops effective arts-based teaching strategies that allow students with and without disabilities to learn together. They partner with schools, universities, community theaters, museums, and large and small cultural organizations in every field to promote accessibility to the arts.

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