The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to individuals who are blind, leading to independence and full community participation. MCB accomplishes this critical mission by working in partnership with consumers who are legally blind, families, community agencies, health care providers, and employers.

MCB is committed to the following principles:

  • Providing responsive, high quality, individualized services.
  • Promoting full access to community resources.
  • Offering individuals choices among services tailored to meet their unique needs.
  • Eliminating barriers to employment and community integration.
  • Exploring and applying new technologies to enhance opportunities.
  • Valuing the partnership of the agency Rehabilitation Council as well as input from a wide public audience and recognizing that community advocacy and advisory groups are an essential component of system planning.
  • Maintaining a confidential register of legally blind individuals to ensure that these individuals receive services and benefits for which they are eligible and to collect important information on the causes of blindness.
  • Providing education and training to community organizations, employers, health care providers, and schools to promote awareness of blindness and the abilities of persons who are blind.
  • Assuring that the cultural and ethnic diversity of consumers and staff are respected in the design and delivery of services.
  • Ensuring that through recruitment, retention, advancement, and monitoring, the workforce of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind reflects the diversity of the population it serves.
  • Providing staff development and training to enhance the ability of MCB colleagues to carry out the agency mission.

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind is a state agency, established in 1906, to provide a wide range of social and rehabilitation services to Massachusetts residents of all ages who are legally blind. Agency services may address a number of varied needs of individual blind persons Massachusetts law (C.6, s.136) requires that all eye care providers who find a person to be legally blind report this person to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind within 30 days of the date of examination.

The reason for this law is to ensure that legally blind persons get the supporting services and benefits they may need. Additionally, the information gathered is of great value in estimating national rates and causes of legal blindness, as well as advancing research related to the field of blindness. Agency social workers and counselors contact each legally blind person who is reported to the agency to explain and offer appropriate services. There are approximately 30,000 individuals who are legally blind registered with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.