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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

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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


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

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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


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

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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


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

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Samsung and The Carroll Center for the Blind Team Up to Test Television Accessibility

The Carroll Center for the Blind, a rehabilitation training facility that in 1984 offered the country’s first computer classes for individuals who are blind, is now helping businesses, government agencies and educational institutions improve the accessibility of their websites and products for persons with disabilities. “Today, access technology can provide breakthroughs comparable to the introduction… Continue Reading Samsung and The Carroll Center for the Blind Team Up to Test Television Accessibility


Carroll Center Featured in Recent Edition of Newton Life

The Carroll Center for the Blind was recently featured in the January 2014 issue of Newton Life Magazine, a magazine with a circulation of about 5,000 Newton residents. The article highlights the center’s major accomplishments throughout our 75+ years and discusses the growth or our campus and services. “In 1954, St. Paul’s Rehabilitation Center on… Continue Reading Carroll Center Featured in Recent Edition of Newton Life

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Joe Kolb Honored at AER’s Northeast Chapter 2013 Conference

Congratulations to Joe Kolb, Certified Orientation & Mobility Instructor, for receiving the 2013 Award for Excellence in Direct Service to Adults with Visual Impairments from The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). Joe began his distinguished career in January 1983, in the Carroll Center for the Blind’s Residential program.… Continue Reading Joe Kolb Honored at AER’s Northeast Chapter 2013 Conference