Updated on Friday, April 11th, this is the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) Information Network. This information can be accessed on the MCB Voice Information System at 617-626-7660 and 800-392-6450. You can say “tape” or “telephone tape” into the phone. This message is also available on "Newsline," the accessible newspaper service by pressing number 2, the local Channel, and in the "Massachusetts Commission for the Blind" section of “Newsline”. This update is produced by Wayne Levy.

The Perkins School for the Blind recently announced that Dave Power of Newton has been selected as their new Chief Executive Officer and President. As a successful operating executive and business strategist for more than 25 years, and founder and current president of Power Strategy, Inc., Dave brings an informed viewpoint and innovative approach that will take Perkins and its various business ventures to the next level. He will oversee all five divisions of Perkins’ – Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Products, Perkins Library, Perkins International, and Perkins eLearning. MCB is looking forward to this new era of growth and commitment, and we hope you will join us in congratulating Dave as he takes the helm as CEO and President of Perkins. To learn more about Dave’s background, you can visit www.perkins.org.

The MBTA is holding a series of public meetings over the next few weeks where customers will have the chance to provide feedback on the proposed 5% fare increases, anticipated to become effective on July 1, 2014. The ten meeting schedule for customers throughout April are:

Wednesday, April 16th in Braintree from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Braintree Town Hall, located at 1 JFK Memorial Drive.

Wednesday, April 16th in Boston from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Shriners Auditorium, located at 51 Blossom Street.

Tuesday, April 22nd in Boston from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Transportation Building (conf. rooms 1, 2, 3), located at 10 Park Plaza (Note-this is the Public Hearing)

Wednesday, April 23rd in Lynn from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Lynn City Council Chambers, located at 3 City Hall Square, room 408.

Thursday, April 24th in Roxbury from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Student Center Cafeteria in Roxbury Community College located, at 1350 Tremont Street.

Monday, April 28th in Lowell from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Middlesex Community College Federal Building Assembly Room, located at 50 Kearney Square.

Tuesday, April 29th in Newton from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Newton City Hall-the City Council Chambers, located at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue.

Tuesday, April 29th in Framingham from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Framingham Town Hall Memorial Building, Blumer Room, located at 150 Concord Street.

Wednesday April 30th in Medford from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Medford City Hall, Alden Memorial Chambers, located at 85 George P. Hassett Drive.

Wednesday, April 30th in Attleboro from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Attleboro High School Auditorium, located at 100 Rathburn Willard Drive.

Customers are invited to attend any of the meetings being held, not just those in their town. For a full list of all meeting dates, times and locations as well as more detailed information about the proposals, simply log on to the MBTA's website at: http://mbta.com/about_the_mbta/?id=23567

Our Space, Our Place is pleased to announce two exciting events; World of Careers, and Beep Baseball. World of Careers is an event aimed at students in high school and college, as well as adults in disabilities, who are looking to obtain employment. World of Careers will be held at the Museum of Science, located at 1 Science Park in Boston on Wednesday, May 7th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Attendees will have numerous 15 minute sessions to conduct informational interviews with a professional. There will also be workshops, a light breakfast, and lunch. Our Space, Our Place and the Bay State Council of the Blind are sponsoring a beep baseball game, to be played at the Boston Commons, Softball Field Zone 1, on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. To register for World of Careers, or to RSVP for the beep baseball game, please visit www.ourspaceourplace.org/eventdetails.php. You may also call 617-459-4084.

Attention Red Sox Fans! If you plan on attending Red Sox games at Fenway Park this season, you may experience difficulties listening to the game on a personal radio. This is a result of WEEI, the Sox flagship radio station, being moved to the FM band. Assisted Listening Devices (ALD’s) are available to fans who may have hearing or visual impairments. The ALD’s, are multi-channel, with the WEEI play-by-play broadcast on one channel and the stadium PA on the other. ALD’s are located at the Gate E Fan Services Booth. A $20.00 refundable cash deposit is required to use the device for the duration of the game. Should you encounter any issues with the device, you are encouraged to send a text message to 23215 with the keyword ‘security’. Additional information can also be found at www.redsox.com, under the Accessibility Guide on their website.

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is pleased to announce their ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam initiative for 2014. This program is a philanthropic effort generously provided to the public by participating board certified Diplomates of the ACVO who donate their time, staff and services to provide complimentary screening eye exams to qualified Service Animals throughout the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Interested parties must register their working or service animal between April 1st – 30th to participate in this event during the month of May. To register, make an appointment, or learn more about this program, please visit www.ACVOeyeexams.org.

April 27, 2014

The Carroll Center for the Blind will also be hosting their 2nd Annual Canines for Carroll Dog Walk on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. The walk is two miles long and winds its way through the beautiful neighborhood streets of Newton, beginning and ending at the Carroll Center. There are also shortcuts for those who do not wish to walk the full two miles. Service dogs belonging to individuals who are blind and visually impaired and friends will lead the walk. You can register and find out more information about the walk at www.firstgiving.com/1564/canines-for-carroll-2014

May 18, 2014

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is pleased to announce their “Inspiration of Helen Keller Tours.” In 1899, Helen Keller visited the MFA. Inspired by their shared history, and celebrating her legacy as a great advocate and brilliant thinker, the MFA has developed a new Feeling For Form tour for art lovers who are blind and have love vision. This tour revisits Helen experience at the MFA, in her own words, compares the MFA then and now, and has a touch tour of the MFA’s collection of Art of the Ancient world with a focus on Roman art. Tours can be requested whenever the museum is open but registration is required and ten days’ notice is appreciated. There is a tour scheduled for Sunday, May 18th at 1:00 PM, but you must pre-register by Friday, May 9th. For more information or to register, email vburrows@mfa.org or call 617-369-3302.

Thanks for reading this message and it will be updated again on Friday, April 18th.


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