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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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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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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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Carroll Center for the Blind to Host the Virtual 9th Annual Walk for INDEPENDENCE

The event, which raises awareness and helps transform the lives of children, teens, adults, and seniors who are blind or have low vision, adds an all-new virtual 5K run and Blindfold Challenge option. NEWTON, Mass. (March 29, 2021) – The Carroll Center for the Blind, one of the largest vision rehabilitation agencies in the country, [...]

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In the lobby of the Carroll Center for the Blind, Joan McGrath, executive director of PLAN of MA & RI presents Greg Donnelly, President & CEO of the Carroll Center for the Blind with a giant cardboard check.

PLAN of MA & RI and Carroll Center for the Blind Announce Strategic Partnership

Plan of MA & RI also shows support of organization with $50,000 donation. NEEDHAM and NEWTON, MA, and PROVIDENCE, RI (March 25, 2021) – Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Inc. (PLAN of MA & RI; www.planofma-ri.org/), a nonprofit organization proudly serving people with disabilities and assisting them with preserving assets, protecting [...]

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Blind, Visually Impaired Mass. Voters Have Variety of Options

BY CHRIS LARABEE (VIA THE DAILY FREE PRESS) Blind and visually impaired voters can access electronic ballots, special voting machines and help from a family member or friend to exercise their suffrage in Massachusetts. Secretary of State spokesperson Debra O’Malley said voters who applied for a mail-in ballot could request an electronic ballot. Voters approved [...]

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Why Reddit Has Become A Favorite Social Media Platform for Many Blind and Visually Impaired People

BY RACHEL E. GREENSPAN (VIA INSIDER) The Reddit logo, featuring a smiling alien with a single antennae on his head, is seen displayed on a smartphone screen. [Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images]Samuel Proulx, a 32-year-old blind man living in Ottawa, Ontario, isn't that interested in using traditional social media. Proulx doesn't find Instagram and [...]

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