A set of item locators: a pager with three color-coded buttons and three individual receivers (green, blue and red).

Always losing your lucky socks?

BY THE CARROLL STORE We've all lost things before. It's the worst feeling. Keys, wallets, phones—maybe even a pair of your lucky socks—there’s no shortage of things to misplace. Nothing is more distressful when we can't find our favorite communication devices. Because many of us rely on our phones, tablets and computers for daily life [...]

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The silhouettes of many people gathered on a beach. The sun shines on the horizon just over their outlines.

Walking the Talk: How Businesses Can Help Build Strong Communities

BY DOUG MARSHALL (Via TRIPLEPUNDIT) Being a force for good in the world is more important than ever. The challenges our communities face are mounting quickly— including education, jobs, poverty, health, climate, public safety, and energy. But if we look again with a fresh perspective, behind these challenges lie opportunities for us to learn, adapt, [...]

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Harry Clark, a young man who recently graduated from wellesley high school, smiles during an interview with CBS Boston about his next steps.

Wellesley Teen Finds Inspiration To Graduate After Losing Vision Senior Year

BY PAUL BURTON (Via CBS Boston) WELLESLEY (CBS) – There’s no doubt in Harry Clark’s mind that he would walk across the stage and graduate with his class at Wellesley High School. What he didn’t know is that he would be doing it blind. “It was an amazing experience. I felt like I did it. [...]

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Kate Katulak smiles with her nominating supervisor at the 2019 Carroll Society Awards she was recognized at.

Making A Positive Impact for the Visually Impaired

BY ANGELA THOMA (Via WATERTOWN TAB) At 15-years-old, Kate Katulak lost her perfect vision. After falling ill, Katulak experienced an array of odd symptoms, landing her in the hospital for three months. She said her symptoms ranged from feeling like her face was melting off to extreme headaches, which caused her to pass out and [...]

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Bonnielin Swenor, an assistant professor of ophthalmology with myopic macular degeneration herself, smiles in a head shot photo.

What Medicine Can Learn From Doctors And Researchers With Disabilities

BY SUSIE NEILSON (Via NPR) Bonnielin Swenor has devoted her life to studying visual impairment in older adults. But for a long time, she didn't often discuss the motivation fueling her work — that she herself has low vision. Swenor, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, has myopic [...]

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Assistive Technology Instructor, David Kingsbury, pictured using VoiceOver on his phone, recently appeared on the Eyes On Success podcast.

Discussing Formatting Documents Like A Pro with David Kingsbury on Eyes On Success

BY PETER TORPEY AND NANCY GOODMAN TORPEY (Via Eyes On Success) The visual appearance of documents that you create can have a big impact on how they are received by others. The Carroll Center for the Blind’s own Assistive Technology Instructor, David Kingsbury, appeared on the June 12, 2019 episode of the Eyes On Success [...]

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Bill Reynolds (left), Manual Arts Instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind, teaches a young woman (right) who is blind about safe tool use in the wood shop.

Visualizing Through One’s Hands: Bill Reynolds

BY CHRISTOPHER BROWNER (Via Taft Bulletin, Spring 2019) “IT IS AN IMPRESSIVE LINE in elevator talk to say that I teach newly blind adults to use power tools,” says Bill Reynolds ’69. After a 35-year career as a painter and muralist in Washington, D.C., and Boston, Reynolds became a woodworking instructor at the Carroll Center [...]

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A group of 28 Carroll Center clients and staff hold up various “Thank You” signage at the Carroll Center for the Blind campus in Newton, MA.

The Carroll Center for the Blind Awarded $100,000

NEWTON, Mass. (June 7, 2019) – The Carroll Center for the Blind, a leader in services for individuals confronted by the challenges of low vision and blindness, today announced it is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Carroll Center for the Blind [...]

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Ramble Tag founders Laura Maclean and Tom Forsyth look at each other and laugh while demonstrating how to use an orange Ramble Tag guidance aid.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: The Story of Ramble Tag

BY LAURA MACLEAN AND TOM FORSYTH (Via Blind New World) The Ramble Tag is a guidance aid, designed specifically to improve the experience of guided walking and sport for visually impaired people. It was invented April 2018 by Laura Maclean and Tom Forsyth. Here’s their story. Laura: Tom is my neighbour, and because he is visually impaired, [...]

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Carla Burke, the 2019 Blind Employee of the Year, smiles outside of the Brooks Free Library in Harwich, MA.

2019 Carroll Society Award Winner Profile: Carla Burke

Each year, The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind recognize outstanding employees who are visually impaired through the annual Carroll Society Awards Ceremony. Read more about Carla Burke, this year's Blind Employee of the Year, below. Carla Burke Carla Burke is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at the Brooks Free Library in [...]

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