Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) provides vocational counseling and employment services to residents of Massachusetts who are blind and visually impaired and seeking to enter, reenter, or remain in the workforce. We pre-screen and train qualified candidates who can become a valuable and productive part of your workforce.
Let us show you how your company can benefit. Find your next great employee by contacting MCB today.
MCB is committed to fostering powerful partnerships with businesses across the state. You will also have access to a pipeline of highly skilled workers. Our candidates have been hired by Mass General Brigham, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, State Street, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Sodexo, Draper, Dunkin Brands, Cambridge Health Alliance, Baycove Human Services, Riverside Community Care, Perkins School for the Blind, The Carroll Center for the Blind, VERC Enterprises, and many more.
With a combination of high-tech adaptive equipment and low-tech adaptations, employees who are blind and visually impaired can perform almost any task independently.
MCB’s no cost services extend beyond recruitment to ensure your workplace is inclusive and accessible. Our services extend beyond your recruitment needs, including providing assistive technology and orientation and mobility training.
Our vocational rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers, assistive technology specialists, and orientation and mobility specialists conduct job site evaluations and provide recommendations on how a candidate can fully perform the job.
- Looks at the essential functions of the job.
- Recommends the technology and accommodations required to perform the essential functions.
- Assesses the ability of the employee to use technology to perform the job.
Our offerings also include:
- Consulting on best practices to create an inclusive worksite that accommodates people who are blind and visually impaired.
- Ongoing support and direct assistance for your staff who are blind visually impaired.
- The opportunity to provide a candidate a trial run through on-the-job training before hiring them. (MCB can fund a portion of the candidate's salary during the trial period.)
- Internship placement services to provide our consumers with work-based learning experiences with employers. (MCB provides a stipend.)
- In-service sensitivity training for employees, including hiring managers and human resources staff.
What are the benefits of hiring people who are blind and visually impaired?
- Our candidates are motivated, seeking careers, and consistently demonstrate perseverance and creativity to achieve their employment goals.
- When drawing on the wisdom of a workforce that reflects the population you serve, you are better able to understand and meet the needs of your customers.
- Employers who hire people with disabilities may be eligible for federal and state tax incentives. Employers should consult their accountants, tax advisors, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) to determine eligibility.
Visions of Employment Webinar
Employers are invited to learn about the support MCB provides before, during and after the hiring process. From initial recruitment through workplace accommodations — employers who have successfully hired qualified persons who are blind and visually impaired share their experiences working with MCB.
Employers: Register NOW for the 2023 Visions of Employment Webinar on Thursday, September 14, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Reverse Job Fair
Consumers who are ready to apply their skills and experiences in the workplace will give a short pitch to introduce themselves and present their skills and experiences to hiring managers and industry professionals in attendance.
Employers: Register NOW for the 2023 Virtual Reverse Job Fair on Friday, September 29, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, October 6, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Attendance on both days is highly recommended.