Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)

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

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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

Who we serve

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

History of MCB

MCB was established on July 13, 1906. The organization was originally comprised of 3 men and 2 women, including Ms. Helen Keller. This group functioned as a board of directors and was established a state agency to provide services to individuals who were blind. The original agency was organized 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


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.


Weekly Information Update 

11/30/2018 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

  • 2020 MCB Summer Internship Opening Ceremony 

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Join us to kick off our annual Summer Internship Program as MCB students and individuals enter or re-enter the workforce.
  • MCB Annual Visions of Collaboration Conference  

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Marlborough, 265 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752
    Friday, September 25, 2020
    8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    The Annual MCB Visions of Collaboration Conference shares skills for success in work and life for students who are visually impaired.