Carroll Center for the Blind

General Information

Carroll Center for the Blind
770 Centre Street
Newton Massachusetts 1 02458-2597
(617) 969 6200

Brief Description

The Carroll Center serves the needs of blind and visually impaired persons of all ages by providing independent living skills training, vocational preparation, technology instruction and youth programs. to achieve independence.
Established in 1936, the Center has pioneered innovative methods for blind persons to gain independence in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. New and evolving technologies, combined with time-tested adaptive methods, individualized instruction, and personalized therapies developed by the Carroll Center staff, have provided thousands of blind and vision impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.
Carroll Tech is a web-based distance learning service intended to assist blind and visually impaired individuals, as well as to train education and rehabilitation professionals. Instruction is offered in access technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, braille embossers, note-takers, and scanners. Each course is comprised of text, videos, exercises, quizzes, and chat sessions.


Brian Charlson, Director of Computer Training,

Greg Donnelly, President/CEO,, 617 969 6200 ext.309

Kathy Felt, Director of Admissions,, 617 969 6200 ext.216

Jennifer Harnish, Director of Rehabilitation,

Dina Rosenbaum, Chief Program Officer,

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • An assessment determines a blind/low vision individuals' current skills functioning in activities of daily living, travel ability, use of remaining vision, information management, personal health care, and adjustment to vision loss.

  • Assistive Products
    • The Carroll Store sells canes, magnifiers, sunglasses, and adapted high and low tech devices for daily living. Available on-line as well at

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers training in communication skills, GED, ESL for students age 16 years and older.

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Monthly information days, training for elders at senior centers and presentations at support groups, assistive living facilities are held through out the year.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • The Carroll Center Computer training department provides state of the art evaluation, instruction, tech support and guidance on the latest assistive technology and computer devices. Individual, group and distance learning training available

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Workshops, professional consultations and technical assistance are offered for educators, administrators, rehab professionals, parents, and related services providers.

  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, group, and family sessions.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Intensive 12-week courses in independent living (low vision training, personal management, braille, technology, audio devices, orientation and mobility, and sensory development) are offered to consumers who are struggling with vision loss/blindness. A Community Essential skills training just for elders is offered for 2 weeks as well as a mini-training sessions in the community.

  • Distance Education
    • Offers the following online courses: Accessible CellPhones; Beginner Series for JAWS Users; Introductory and Intermediate Level Excel with JAWS; Introduction to Excel with MAGic, Window-Eyes, or ZoomText; Introduction to Outlook with JAWS, Window-Eyes, or ZoomText; Introduction to PowerPoint with JAWS; Introduction to PowerPoint 2000 with JAWS; Windows for TVIs: Achieving Mouselessness; Using Accessible Graphing Calculator; Using TGD Pro; and Using the Duxbury Braille Translator. Diabetes Education

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Internship experiences are offered to students in existing programs. Vocational Transition Program for young adults provides independent living and job experience over a 4 month program. Project Search provides on the job training with placement in a nine month program.

  • Health
    • Diabetic Self–Management helps diabetics with vision loss learn to manage their diabetes independently through individualized, home-based services.

  • Low Vision Services
    • Evaluations, training, demonstrations and loans of magnification devices are provided to help consumers find the most productive solutions for low vision.

  • Professional Training
    • Offers university internships, in-service and staff development network. Provides computer training for teachers on educational software, workshops and seminars for allied health professionals, technical training.

  • Recreation Services
    • We offer a variety of outdoor enrichment program that often include skiing, skating, camping, sailing, bicycling, hiking. The Carroll Center hosts SailBlind teams nationally and internationally.

  • Services for Seniors
    • Provides functional vision evaluation and demonstration of devices for seniors struggling with vision loss. Intensive rehabilitation training provided for seniors with significant vision loss who are trying to remain independent. Also provides orientation and mobility training in the home and helps in keeping the home environment safe through the recommendation of adaptations. Diabetes self-management program in community settings and on-line course in development (as of Winter/2010-11).

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Learning to travel safely with a visual impairment is an important skill for any age. Orientation and Mobility Training provides individuals with skills to travel outside the home safely and confidently. Available for elders just learning to travel around their home; adults commuting to work or college/school age children who need to navigate a campus.