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Braille Challenge sets high expectations for blind students

(Reuters Health – link to original article) – More than a thousand visually impaired students are receiving the rare opportunity for head-to-head competition against their peers as the Braille Challenge begins across the U.S. and Canada. “For children with any disability, typically less is expected of them,” said Nancy Niebrugge of the Braille Institute in… Continue Reading Braille Challenge sets high expectations for blind students

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Carroll Center Student Reading Braille

January is National Braille Literacy Month

January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month in honor of Louis Braille, who originally developed the Braille code nearly 200 years ago. Braille was born January 4, 1809, and developed the code of raised dots to make text readable for individuals, like himself, who were blind. For many years, there has been a growing debate… Continue Reading January is National Braille Literacy Month


CVS Health Offers Talking, Braille and Large Print Prescription Labels Through its Mail Service Pharmacy for Individuals with Vision Impairments

New service expands CVS Health’s offerings to the blind community   Woonsocket, Rhode Island (January 5, 2015) – CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it now offers the ScripAbility prescription accessibility system through its mail service pharmacy to CVS/caremark members who are blind or visually impaired. The system includes ScripTalk talking prescription labels as… Continue Reading CVS Health Offers Talking, Braille and Large Print Prescription Labels Through its Mail Service Pharmacy for Individuals with Vision Impairments

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

Tackling Unemployment for the Vision Impaired

Autumn 2014 brought with it unemployment numbers below 6%; levels we haven’t seen July 2008. Jobless claims have slowly but steadily improved since their peak at 10% in October 2009. While the nation as a whole enjoys a healthier employment market, the same doesn’t hold true for the blind and vision impaired. A staggering 75%… Continue Reading Tackling Unemployment for the Vision Impaired


UMass Boston Online Masters of Education: Vision Studies

Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education (NERCVE) and the University of Massachusetts Boston are proud to offer graduate degree programs in the following areas: Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment Orientation and Mobility Specialist Vision Rehabilitation Therapist The Carroll Center for the Blind is recruiting qualified candidates interested in a Masters Degree to provide educational… Continue Reading UMass Boston Online Masters of Education: Vision Studies

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Carroll Center Board Member Gives Moving Ted Talk

Lotfi Merabet, neuroscientist and Carroll Center for the Blind board member, recently gave a Ted Talk at TedxCambridge. “Blindness has nothing to do with living in the dark. Behind eyes that don’t see is a brain that does see. In fact, blind people use the same visual centers of the brain that sighted people do,… Continue Reading Carroll Center Board Member Gives Moving Ted Talk


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

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


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

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

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

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