Collage of the 2022 Carroll Society Award Winners; Nora Nagle, Muna Abraham, Brian Switzer, Karen Hegarty, Jennifer Ross. Text reads, "The Carroll Society Awards." Beneath the text is the Carroll Center for the Blind and Massachusetts Commission for the Blind logos.

Carroll Society Award Winners – 2022

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. These Awards recognize blind and visually impaired employees who have made significant contributions to their companies by their outstanding ability and job performance. Individuals are chosen because, despite [...]

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A collage of screenshots of winners and participants in the 2022 virtual New England Regional Braille Challenge.

Winners Announced: 22nd Annual New England Regional Braille Challenge

The 22nd Annual New England Regional Braille Challenge is officially a wrap! Congratulations to everyone who participated in the virtual New England Regional Braille Challenge on February 12, 2022. This competition, a national program of the Braille Institute, encourages blind and visually impaired children to hone their braille skills which are essential to success in [...]

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Carroll Center for the Blind Announces $1.5M Donation from the Gund Family, New Building Name

Donation will support rehabilitation initiatives for people who are blind or have low vision and name The Lulie Gund Center for Vision Rehabilitation. Gordon Gund (left) and his two sons Grant (center) and Zack (right) stand in front of the newly dedicated Lulie Gund Center for Vision Rehabilitation during a ceremony on December 5th, 2021 [...]

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The Plan for Special Needs Trusts podcast logo.

The Plan for Special Needs Trusts Podcast: Overcoming Obstacles at the Carroll Center for the Blind with Greg Donnelly

BY THE PLAN FOR SPECIAL NEEDS PODCAST (VIA PLAN OF MA & RI) The PLAN of MA & RI, the exclusive trust partner of the Carroll Center for the Blind, is dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities, including vision loss, as well as their families on their pathway to independence. Jordan Rich, host of The [...]

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Para rower Pearl Outlaw greets her guide dog, Cinder, after early morning training with a new partner, Brooke Moss (right), on Sept. 28, 2021, in Brighton, Massachusetts.

Finding Resilience: Para Rowers Upend Notions of Ability

BY BETHANY ERICSON (VIA THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR) Photo Credit: Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff "Cut the cake, then power 10s to Boston Latin, then we’ll do 3x3s!” This is the pre-dawn reveille of the Charles River: coded commands shouted at scullers through megaphones by coaches steering miniature sleigh-like motorboats, or peppered with expletives from the microphones [...]

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During the screen reader user tester program, an instructor teaches a participant at a computer.

User Tester Training Program to Empower Next Generation of Blind Accessibility Professionals

First-of-its-kind career development program will help participants who are blind or visually impaired gain critical skills to become screen reader user testers. NEWTON, Mass. (July 20, 2021) – The Carroll Center for the Blind today announced the launch of a revolutionary new career development course that aims to get adults with visual impairments prepared for [...]

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Collage of the 2021 Carroll Society Award Winners. Clockwise, from top left, Robert Dias, Joseph Quintanilla and Cheryl Cumings.

Carroll Society Awards Recognize Blind Individuals Making an Impact in the Workplace

Awards serve as a platform to raise awareness about the importance of having an inclusive work environment. NEWTON, Mass. (June 16, 2021) – The Carroll Center for the Blind, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, will honor three outstanding individuals who are blind or visually impaired during the 36th annual Carroll Society [...]

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Collage of the 2021 Carroll Society Award Winners. Clockwise, from top left, Robert Dias, Joseph Quintanilla and Cheryl Cumings.

Carroll Society Award Winners – 2021

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. These Awards recognize blind and visually impaired employees who have made significant contributions to their companies by their outstanding ability and job performance. Individuals are chosen because, despite [...]

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Gregory J. Donnelly, President and CEO of the Carroll Center for the Blind, celebrates the Cummings Foundation Grant by holding up signs with five Carroll Center clients outdoors. The signs read, "We Got a Cummings Grant!"

Carroll Center for the Blind Awarded $500K Grant to Support People with Vision Loss

Newton nonprofit to receive funds for the next decade from the Cummings Foundation to help transform the lives of individuals confronted by the challenges of vision loss. NEWTON, Mass. (May 24, 2021) – The Carroll Center for the Blind, a leader in services for individuals who are blind or low vision, announced it will receive [...]

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During an MBTA Travel Training accessibility session held in the Carroll Center for the Blind's parking lot, a client steps onto a new 52 bus.

MBTA’s Suspension of Bus Route 52 Affects Carroll Center for the Blind

BY EMILY KRAUS (VIA THE HEIGHTS) Public transportation is more than just a way to travel between two destinations for some Newton residents. For students and staff at the Carroll Center for the Blind, bus route 52—which was recently suspended—was also an essential learning resource. The route was suspended as part of the MBTA’s “Forging [...]

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