Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)

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.

Contact Us

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Address

MAIN OFFICE
600 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Western Massachusetts - Region 1 (413-781-1290)
436 Dwight Street, Room 109, Springfield, MA 01103
Central Massachusetts - Region 2 (508-754-1148)
390 Main Street, Suite 620, Worcester, MA 01608
Southeast Massachusetts - Region 5 (508-993-6140)
888 Purchase Street, Suite 203, New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone

This line is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., M-F

Toll Free (800) 392-6450

This line is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., M-F

Fax

Fax (617) 626-7685

Who we serve

MCB is the designated agency and point of entry for rehabilitation and social services for residents of the Commonwealth who are declared to be legally blind by an eye professional. Under a newly established category, MCB will expand service to qualifying individuals who have low vision with a progressive visual impairment. These services prepare individuals for productive independence and full community participation.

History of MCB

MCB was established on July 13, 1906. It was originally comprised of 3 men and 2 women, including Ms. Helen Keller. This group functioned as a board of directors and was charged with establishing a state agency to provide services to individuals who were blind. That original agency was organized primarily around two residential workshops for the blind, one for men, the other for women. In 1919, the then Commission was incorporated into the State Department of Education and renamed the Division of the Blind. In 1966, the agency was reestablished as the separate commission that it remains today. Currently MCB is one of fifteen agencies in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS).

Recent news & announcements from Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

News

Possible effects of the REAL ID and the MCB ID 

6/20/2018 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

MCB is closely following the March 26, 2018 roll out of the REAL ID in Massachusetts to inform consumers of possible effects on MCB ID policies and procedures.

News

Weekly Information Update 

9/21/2018 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Updated every Friday, the Weekly Information Update provides important blindness and disability-related information and updates to MCB consumers.

Upcoming Events from Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

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