Deaf Blind Extended Supports Unit Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

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Contact Information

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Contact: Mitch Sanborn, Director
Email Address: Mitch.Sanborn@State.MA.US
Phone: 413-781-1290
Alternate Phone: 800-332-2772
Fax: 413-746-8570

436 Dwight Street Room 109 Springfield, MA 01103
Area Served: West

Map Location Deaf Blind Extended Supports Unit


Offers respite/day care services for deaf-blind people & their families.

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) Deaf Blind Extended Supports (DBES) unit provides services to consumers who are deaf blind and or legally blind with cognitive issues, via counselors who are skilled in the basic use of American Sign Language (ASL) and or a variety of alternate communication methods. Services include vocational, prevocational and social day programs, respite, adaptive equipment, low vision aides, flex funding, etc. Residential placement is an option for those deaf blind consumers who have turned age 22 and MCB is identified as the State of Massachusetts lead agency. In addition, the MCB DBES unit can assist with the transition from school to living in the community, a process that often requires coordination with other service providers. The MCB DBES unit’s goal is to enhance each consumer’s independence and overall quality of life.

Service Types

  • Case Management
  • Equipment Loan
  • Family Support
  • Homemaker Services

Program Type

  • Communication
  • Respite

Populations Served

  • Blind
  • Deaf
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Visual Impairment

Ages Served

  • Birth to 3
  • 3 - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Elevators
  • Near Public Transportation
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service