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Press Release MCB and DESE Partner to Ensure Continued Operation of the AIM Library for Students who are Visually Impaired

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Partner to Ensure Continued Operation of the Accessible Instructions Materials (AIM) Library for Children and Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired
For immediate release:
6/30/2021
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Media Contact for MCB and DESE Partner to Ensure Continued Operation of the AIM Library for Students who are Visually Impaired

Carla Kath, Director of Communications

Image of rows of books similar to rows of accessible learning materials found on shelves in AIM warehouse

Boston, MassachusettsBOSTON (June 30, 2021) – The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announce a partnership to continue the operation of the Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Library by MCB without any disruption in service.

A statewide resource center, the AIM Library assists school districts and educators in Massachusetts to provide blind and visually impaired students with an appropriate education and equal access to the general curriculum. Each year, the AIM Library distributes specialized instructional materials to more than 3,000 students in pre-kindergarten through age 21 if the student receives special education supports.

The mission of the AIM Library to support and improve the quality of education for students who are blind or visually impaired in Massachusetts closely aligns with our mission at MCB,” said MCB Commissioner David D'Arcangelo.People of all abilities should have access to these vital resources that are essential to developing skills, setting goals, and achieving success in the classroom, community, and workplace.  Parents, teachers and, most importantly, students should know that the AIM Library is a trusted resource for educational materials and that MCB is there to provide access to these educational opportunities.”

MCB and DESE are collaborating  to increase the availability and distribution of materials and resources for children and students with visual impairments via the AIM Library. Program continuity is a priority for MCB and DESE, and teachers and educators should rely upon materials being available for their students in the months ahead.  The AIM Library will continue to house materials at Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children, which is operated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

“The AIM Library plays a critical role in helping students access curriculum, and I am confident that our collaboration with the Mass Commission for the Blind will allow the library to continue its successful work,” said DESE Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley.

MCB Rehabilitation Counselors and Children’s Services Workers work with Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) across the state to provide integrated services for children who are blind and visually impaired. TVIs contact the AIM Library directly to facilitate resource requests.

MCB, founded in 1906, is one of the oldest state blindness agencies in the U.S. One of 15 agencies in Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services, MCB specializes in vocational as well as social rehabilitation services, with additional supporting programs and services, such as orientation and mobility, assistive technology, rehabilitation teaching, children's services and the Older Independent Blind (OIB) program.

DESE provides leadership, oversight, funding, support, and accountability for the Commonwealth's approximately 400 school districts that educate close to 1 million public school children. The agency also oversees programs serving 20,000 adult learners each year.

To learn more about MCB, visit www.mass.gov/mcb, call 1-800-392-6450, or email MCBinfo@mass.gov. Follow MCB on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

To learn more about DESE, visit https://www.doe.mass.edu/ , call 781-338-3000 or TTY (800) 439-2370. Follow DESE on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Newsletters.

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Media Contact for MCB and DESE Partner to Ensure Continued Operation of the AIM Library for Students who are Visually Impaired

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind 

MCB provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to Massachusetts residents who are blind, leading to their independence and full community participation.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

ESE oversees the education of children grades pre-k through 12 in Massachusetts, striving to ensure that all students across the Commonwealth succeed.
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