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.


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


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 (617) 626-7685
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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

Press Release

Commissioner Saner Receives Outstanding Leadership Award 

3/19/2018 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Commissioner Saner was honored by the blindness community as an outstanding leader.


Weekly Information Update 

3/16/2018 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

  • 2018 Annual MCB Visions of Collaboration Conference 

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Marlborough, 265 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752
    Thursday, March 22, 2018
    7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    Navigating the Road to Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Visual Impairments.


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