News Virtual Open House Recap

MCB hosted our Virtual Open House to offer a community of support for individuals who are blind and visually impaired across the Commonwealth.
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Virtual Open House December 3 2021 10 am to 12 pm ET MCB logo

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) Region 3 (Northeast) Team and Regional Advisory Council (RAC) hosted a “Virtual Open House” on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET in recognition of Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) and the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event highlighted Title III of the ADA focused on Public Accommodations and Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities.

The purpose of the Virtual Open House was to increase public awareness and acceptance of individuals with disabilities but also to showcase MCB’s ability to provide uninterrupted quality services for 115 years to an estimated 26,000 individuals who are blind and visually impaired in the Commonwealth. The event was an opportunity for MCB staff to celebrate accessibility with community partners and individuals they serve.

Presenters and speakers for the event included the following: 

Welcome Address

Thelma Williams, MCB Northeast Regional Director (Region 3)


Jay Rufo, MCB MetroWest Regional Director (Region 4)

Carla Kath, MCB Director of Communications

Commissioner’s Remarks

MCB Commissioner David D’Arcangelo

Regional Advisory Committee Remarks

Kayla Bentas

Special Guest Remarks

Elizabeth Denniston, EOHHS Undersecretary for Human Services

Keynote Speaker

Julia O’Leary, J.D. General Counsel, MA Office on Disability


Ursula Santone

Brenda Clark

Special Remarks

Salmaan Kapadia, Board President, Lowell Association for the Blind

Musical Selection

Tina Luce, Region 3 RAC Member

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Michael Festa, State Director, AARP


Peter Farkas, Executive Director, MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board

Mary Mahon-McCauley, Executive Director, MA Office on Disability

Rachel H. Tanenhaus, MPH ADA Coordinator/Executive Director, Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities

Lisa Orgettas, Executive Director, Disability Resource Center


Elaine Aufiero

George Kamara

Sindy Argueta

Closing Remarks

Elizabeth Cannon, Executive Director, Lowell Association for the Blind

2021 MCB Virtual Open House - Audio Only

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind 

MCB serves individuals in Massachusetts who are legally blind by providing access to employment opportunities and social rehabilitation with the goal of increasing independence and self-determination.