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Marianne Gilmore Recently Honored at the “Raise the Bar Hire!” Conference and Career Fair

UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits recently honored Marianne Gilmore, Carroll Center for the Blind Workforce Development Specialist, for her efforts in advancing employment of individuals with disabilities. The awards was given at the second annual “Raise the Bar Hire!” Conference and Career Fair at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA on October… Continue Reading Marianne Gilmore Recently Honored at the “Raise the Bar Hire!” Conference and Career Fair

Marianne posing with her award and Paul Francisco, Vice President of Workforce Development Programs and Global Inclusion. Photo credit: DisabilityImages.com

Arthur O'Neill, Gay Lynn award recipient with Peter Goldman, US Sailing, Committee Chairman, who presented the award at the US Sailing Annual Meeting, Oct 24, 2014

Arthur O’Neill Recognized by USSailing for Contribution to Disabled Sailing

Arthur O’Neill of Swampscott, MA was recently awarded the Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy at the 2014 Annual Meeting of US Sailing in Milwaukee, WI, for introducing sailing to persons who are blind, through the SailBlind Program at the Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton MA. The Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy is awarded to… Continue Reading Arthur O’Neill Recognized by USSailing for Contribution to Disabled Sailing


Job Fair Generates Optimism and Interviews for Blind Job-Seekers

Hopes brighten amid good news from the U.S. Labor Department Cambridge, MA – Job prospects for all U.S. workers are looking sunnier this fall. On Thursday, October 16, qualified job candidates with visual impairments set their sights on snagging an interview with a prospective employer. About 100 adults who are blind or visually impaired turned… Continue Reading Job Fair Generates Optimism and Interviews for Blind Job-Seekers

Job fair attendee speaks with potential employer (photo credit: Perkins)

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Father Carroll Comes to Life in the APH Museum

In May, the Museum at APH received a shipping pallet from Boston, stacked with sturdy cardboard boxes. Last November, Museum Director Mike Hudson traveled to the Carroll Center for the Blind outside Boston to discuss a partnership, and the pallet was the result of his negotiations with Carroll Center President Joe Abely, former President Rachel… Continue Reading Father Carroll Comes to Life in the APH Museum


2014 Job Fair for Individuals with Visual Impairments

Employers looking for well-prepared, motivated employees to contribute to their businesses need search no further than the Disability Job Fair, a free one-day event that connects employers with outstanding, qualified candidates who are blind or visually impaired. This unique event is sponsored by The Carroll Center for the Blind and the following organizations: * Massachusetts… Continue Reading 2014 Job Fair for Individuals with Visual Impairments

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Margaret posing with her award

AER Presents Margaret Cleary the John H. McAulay Award

(Alexandria, Va.) The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired awarded Margaret Cleary of Boulder, Colo., the prestigious John H. McAulay Award during its 2014 international conference in San Antonio, Texas, in August. AER established the Alfred Allen Award to honor professionals who have contributed outstanding efforts and achievements leading to… Continue Reading AER Presents Margaret Cleary the John H. McAulay Award


VelaSense – a Life-Changing System for the Blind and Vision impaired

Visus Technology sought out the Carroll Center for the Blind, as a world-renown location for excellence in technology for the blind, to test their early prototype access technology systems. In a vibrant collaborative and ongoing effort, Visus was able to develop, VelaSense, a life-changing system for the blind and vision impaired, that will be sold… Continue Reading VelaSense – a Life-Changing System for the Blind and Vision impaired

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Walgreens Launches Nationwide Program Offering Talking Prescription Devices for Customers with Visual Impairments

Initiative adds to Walgreens other accessible prescription information services; leadership of blindness organizations praise company’s program DEERFIELD, Ill., June 3, 2014 — Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG), today announced the launch of a nationwide program offering talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments. The initiative introduces a new service… Continue Reading Walgreens Launches Nationwide Program Offering Talking Prescription Devices for Customers with Visual Impairments


2014 New England Braille Challenge Results

Braille Reading Students Compete! On Saturday, March 8, 2014, enthusiastic blind students in grades 1-12 from the New England area competed in the 14th Annual New England Regional Braille Challenge hosted by the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton MA. The Braille Challenge, a program developed by the Braille Institute of America, is a… Continue Reading 2014 New England Braille Challenge Results

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Saint Paul's dormitory located at the Carroll Center

Carroll Center for the Blind Opens New Dormitory

NEWTON, MA – Following extensive renovations completed over the past several months, the original St. Paul’s building on the Centre Street campus of The Carroll Center for the Blind is currently housing clients of its nationally renowned independent living program. For nearly 70 years, the center-based experience has been a critical component of the Carroll… Continue Reading Carroll Center for the Blind Opens New Dormitory