The Blindfold Challenge began in 2007 as part of the Vision 5K, an event that raised funds and awareness for non-profit organizations serving the blind and visually impaired in Massachusetts. In 2012, we were invited to participate in the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) 5K, which was held in the historic Back Bay 2 days before the Boston Marathon and crosses the famous Marathon finish line. With your support we are able to raise funds and awareness for MABVI and the programs we provide, to show that with the right support, people who are blind or visually impaired can do anything. The MABVI Team is a proud member of the 2018 Blindfold Challenge!
All funds raised support MABVI's statewide network of vision rehabilitation services, which include 34 low vision support groups, Assistive Technology (At) Centers, and 400 volunteers matched 1:1 with blind individuals. We are honored to be a part of the 2018 Boston Athletic Association Boston Marathon Official Charity Program!
Here are some ways your dollars make a difference among the individuals we serve and our programs at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired...
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*$30 pays for 1 hour of Assistive Technology (AT) support with a trained and experienced AT Volunteer.
*$40 supports 1 Volunteers With Vision visit for an individual who is blind or visually impaired. Our volunteers provide support through reading mail, grocery shopping, and other everyday tasks.
*$48 buys 1 talking clock for an individual who is blind or visually impaired.
*$52 gives the gift of 1 white cane for a year so that an individual may scan their surroundings for obstacles or orientation marks, but is also helpful for other traffic participants in identifying the user as blind or visually impaired and taking appropriate care.
*$60 buys 1 magnifier for an individual who is blind or visually impaired.
*$150 covers 1 visit from our trained and certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Together, specific strategies and skills are implemented for safe, efficient, and effective travel in both indoor and outdoor environments. Some of the skills that are taught include:
- Searching skills: locating items or places efficiently
- Sighted guide: using another person to aid in travel
- Protective techniques: specific skills which provide added protection in unfamiliar areas
- Use of public transportation
- Long cane skills: use of various cane techniques to clear one's path or to locate objects along the way
*$250 provides free medical transportation to appointments for an individual who is blind or visually impaired for one year.
*$500 supports our Volunteers for Vision program for 1 year in recruiting and training volunteers.
*$1,000 provides the opportunity for our Jr Team With A Vision to race in the B.A.A. 5K. This includes race entry fees, tech gear, volunteer recruitment for training sessions, and transportation.
*$2,500 supports our Richard Hunter CIM to Boston Running in Excellence Award. For the last 2 years, we have awarded an exceptional athlete who has qualified for the Boston Marathon in the Visually Impaired Division, but not participated yet! This incredible opportunity provides race entry fee, travel stipend, and hotel accommodations for a male and female athlete who is blind or visually impaired!
*$5,000 covers 1 year of monthly mobile trainings for 15-20 Assistive Technology volunteers to support our AT centers.
*$10,000 provides equipment and staffing to train 30-40 volunteers for a year.