The MCB Blind Reintegration for Independence, Development, and Growth for Elders (BRIDGE) Program provides independent living services to elders aged 55 and older who are legally blind. Services are directed toward the better management of secondary disabilities which build upon and complement other agency services that the consumer may be receiving. Services are provided without regard to income, but are subject to the availability of federal grant funds at any given time. BRIDGE case workers conduct site visits with consumers to assess service needs, to develop rehabilitation plans, and to provide follow up services. Families are encouraged to participate in the process.

Services Include

  • Peer Support Groups
    • BRIDGE has a very active program of peer support groups throughout the state. More than 300 elders who are legally blind participate in these groups, sharing experiences and together learning techniques to better cope with blindness.
  • Essential skills training to increase elder’s independence within their living environments
  • Information and referrals both within and outside of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
  • Advocacy
  • Diabetes self-management training
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Instruction in the use of low-vision devices
  • Adaptive equipment and supplies

Contact the MCB BRIDGE Program

Karen Hatcher
Karen.Hatcher@State.MA.US


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