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: 617-727-5550
Alternate Phone: 800-392-6450 xVTTY

600 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111
Area Served: Boston

Map Location Extended Supports Unit


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
  • Group Homes
  • Skills Training

Program Type

  • Housing
  • Transition

Populations Served

  • Blind
  • DeafBlind

Ages Served

  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Elevators
  • Medical Needs
  • Near Public Transportation
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service, Personal Funds
  • Licensed By: DDS