Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Health: Blind and Visually Impaired

H6 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Tel: 617-727-5550
Toll Free: 1-800-392-6450 (within Mass. only)
TTY Toll Free: 1-800-392-6556 (within Mass. only)
Fax: 617-626-7685

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind provides the Commonwealth's share of the Supplemental Security Income program payment, under the aid to the blind category, to more than 4,500 eligible blind recipients each year by offering financial and medical assistance. It offers vocational rehabilitation, independent living social services, home care and respite assistance, radio reading programs, resource information, community systems advocacy, and residential and day services. The Commission provides after-school recreation and socialization programs for blind children, aged 7 to 12, in four geographic areas. The program provides emergency assistance to needy blind clients and burial assistance for families. In its vocational rehabilitation program, the Commission, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Jobs Council, identifies employment sectors with growth opportunities, targets training programs consistent with those sectors, and identifies employment opportunities for qualified blind applicants. In addition, the Commission for the Blind operates an electronic bulletin board service. This system provides thousands of job postings and downloadable files, hundreds of special interest groups and Internet E-Mail addresses for home computer users who have modems installed in their equipment. Bulletins are also provided to keep users informed on subjects that might require their immediate attention.

Regional Offices:

888 Purchase Street, Suite 205
New Bedford, MA 02740
Tel: 508-993-6140
Toll Free: 1-800-989-4411

436 Dwight Street, Room 109
Springfield, MA 01103
Tel: 413-781-1290
Toll Free: 1-800-332-2772

390 Main Street, Suite 620
Worcester, MA 01608-2111
Tel: 508-754-1148
Toll Free: 1-800-263-6944

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