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Association of Blind Citizens Annual Holiday Luncheon
Announcing Upcoming Sleep Studies in Totally Blind Individuals
Association of Blind Citizens Needs Your Old Mobile Phones!
New Sponsorship to Promote Literacy Skills and Job Readiness Among Blind Children

Association of Blind Citizens Annual Holiday Luncheon

The Association of Blind Citizens will hold its annual Holiday Luncheon on December 9th at the Fours Restaurant located at 166 Canal Street in Boston. The restaurant is a two-minute walk from the North Station MBTA station.

The luncheon will include a variety of hot sandwiches, entrees and a cash bar will be available. The party will begin at 12:00 PM and end at 3:00 PM.

Come and be part of a traditional Yankee Swap. If you wish to participate in the Yankee Swap you must bring a wrapped gift valued at ten dollars.

ABC's holiday luncheon is free to the blind community. Bring your friends and be part of this memorable holiday event.

Please be sure to Register by emailing  If you do not have access to email, you are welcome to join us on the day of the event just provide your name upon arrival.

I look forward to seeing you on December 9th.   I wish everyone a happy holiday season! John Oliveira, President Association of Blind Citizens

Announcing Upcoming Sleep Studies in Totally Blind Individuals

Are you blind with no light perception?

Do you have problems sleeping or trouble with daytime sleepiness?

Non-24-hour sleep wake disorder occurs in some individuals who are totally blind and lack the light sensitivity necessary to reset the "body clock". This can lead to problems with sleep and/or daytime excessive sleepiness.

You can help researchers understand non-24-hour sleep wake disorder by taking a brief phone survey. In addition, you will have the opportunity to be informed of upcoming clinical studies recruiting in your area.

Survey Participants Need to:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • be blind with no light perception
  • have sleep problems and/or daytime sleepiness

Collected information will be kept strictly confidential.

For each completed survey, a donation of $25 up to $50,000 will be made to the Association of Blind Citizens.

If you want to participate in the survey, please call toll-free
1-888-387-0986 Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM ET.

Thank you!

Association of Blind Citizens needs your old mobile phones!

  • Save on taxes.
  • Save the environment.
  • Help our organization.
  • Donate your cell phone!

The Association of Blind Citizens is conducting a cell phone recycling fundraiser. There's nothing to buy. We are simply asking you to protect the environment by donating your used digital cell phone(s). Your used cell phone(s) may be tax deductible and will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and sold. 100% of the proceeds will help fund programs for the blind.

Please spread the word at work school or any organization that you belong to and collect the phones. Collect only phones and batteries.

Please do not collect accessories or chargers. When you have finished collecting, call the ABC news and activities line at 781-654-2000 and we will make arrangements for pick up. We are scheduling our next shipment for December 5.

We greatly appreciate your support!

New Sponsorship to Promote Literacy Skills and Job Readiness Among Blind Children

The Association of Blind Citizens, is proud to announce the sponsorship of the reprint of the popular book the Goblet of Fire in braille format for blind Children. The sponsorship of this children's favorite is another step in ABC's continued commitment to the equality and equal opportunity of all blind citizens. ABC’s founder and president John Oliveira and the ABC board of Directors believe in the importance of building literacy skills and promoting job readiness among children. ABC believes that the sponsorship of this braille project, will reinforce the importance of literacy for blind children.. Braille literacy will provide much enjoyment and a skill that will be essential for job readiness and future employment.

ABC's sponsorship will assist the National Braille Press in reprinting one thousand braille copies of the Goblet of Fire. To order your copy please call National Braille Press at (617) 266-6160 or Toll-free: (888) 965-8965.

To join the Association of Blind Citizens visit or call (781) 654-2000 and leave the requested information on our voice mail system.