Education & Services
The Carroll Center for the Blind empowers those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life.
What services does your organization provide?
With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision-related problems, The Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Our services include vision rehabilitation, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, accessibility consulting, and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. The Carroll Store, located on the Carroll Center campus, specializes in providing low vision products, adaptive devices, and technology for the blind and visually impaired.
How many people does your organization reach?
The Carroll Center for the Blind works with blind and visually impaired consumers and professionals across the globe, serving over 4,000 clients each year.
How are donations used?
In order to provide programming for people of all ages and all stages of vision loss, The Carroll Center for the Blind relies on support from individuals, corporations, small businesses, and public and private foundations. Donations fund The Carroll Center programming and operations ensuring we are able to continue to serve all the people in need of our training and services.
Is there a current project that you would like to highlight?
Our clients are even more isolated now as COVID-19 impacts our daily lives, presenting many with the inability to be independent in their community. Committed to helping those struggling with vision loss continue to develop skills for independence, we developed a variety of remote courses for all ages, after having to close our residential services. However, funding to support attendance in these programs has been limited.
What is an interesting fact that you would like to spotlight about your organization?
- First blindness rehabilitation agency for civilians in the country and one of the first to provide computer instruction to blind persons.
- We provide more orientation and mobility hours to individuals than any other agency in New England, so individuals can travel independently.
- In 2019, instructors traveled 60,113 miles to reach clients across the state of MA and NH.