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Massachusetts, get ready for the best blind date ever.

 

On Monday, March 6th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed his first-ever brailled proclamation at the State House. The ceremony kicked off BlindNewWorld Week: six days dedicated to creating more inclusion and opportunity for the 125,000 Massachusetts residents with vision loss. In honor of the governor’s proclamation, and to celebrate BlindNewWorld Week, we’re encouraging everyone in Massachusetts to go on a “blind date” – with a twist – on Saturday, March 11.

What makes this date different? Well, it’s all about inclusion and breaking down barriers. Are you visually impaired? We want you to invite a sighted buddy out for lunch and an afternoon at a museum. Are you sighted? We want you to take a visually impaired pal out for a movie and a makeover. You get the idea…

Hanging out with friends and having fun aren’t the only perks! We’ve partnered with hot spots around the state to help you make the most of your blind date. See below for some suggestions. (In most cases, just mention that you’re on a blind date as part of BlindNewWorld to be eligible for these offers. Additional instructions are included below as necessary. Please note that these offers are only valid on Saturday, March 11 during regular business hours.)

Have questions or feedback? Let us know. Otherwise, have an amazing date – and be sure to share your pics with us throughout the day!

Restaurants

  • Not Your Average Joe’s: As our exclusive restaurant partner for this event, Not Your Average Joe’s is offering “buy one entrée, get one entrée free” per BlindNewWorld blind date (maximum value of $20) at all Mass. locations; Braille menus are available at the Acton, Arlington, Waltham, Watertown and Westwood locations

Beauty and Style

  • Saks Fifth Avenue, Boston: Free fragrance tours and makeovers in the beauty department for BlindNewWorld blind dates at the Boston location only; to attend a tour, please email eventsboston@S5A.com and mention the BlindNewWorld blind date

Museums and historic sites

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston: Free admission for BlindNewWorld blind dates; additionally, the ICA’s galleries are staffed with Visitor Assistants who are available to talk to visitors about the artworks on view
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston: Free admission, as well as a special gift, for BlindNewWorld blind dates
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Free admission for BlindNewWorld blind dates; share a free mobile guide (with audio description) and explore the permanent collections on your own – or, for a guided tour, call 617-369-3189 or email access@mfa.org by March 9th; mention BlindNewWorld blind date at the entry desk to redeem, only valid on March 11
  • Museum of Science, Boston: Free admission for BlindNewWorld blind dates; to redeem this offer, go to the Information Desk from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and ask for Community Relations; BlindNewWorld blind date couples will get two free exhibit hall passes allowing them to explore the exhibit halls until the museum closes at 5 p.m.
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem: 2-for-1 admission for BlindNewWorld blind dates; please note that this offer is only valid on March 11 during regular business hours – and is not valid for tours of Yin Yu Tang, the museum’s Chinese House.
  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln: Due to the anticipated weather, touch tours in the Sculpture Park for BlindNewWorld blind dates have been canceled for March 11 – but if you’d like to schedule for another time, please contact Donna Berube at dberube@decordova.org or 781-259-3603 and mention this program; these specially designed tours are led by deCordova’s experienced Museum Guides and provide unique access to highlighted sculptures through tactile exploration

Movie theaters

Accessible hiking and outdoor recreation

BlindNewWorld is sponsored by Perkins School for the Blind, where Helen Keller challenged and dramatically changed society’s perceptions of individuals with disabilities. Founded in 1829, Perkins is the leading global enterprise dedicated to advancing the lives of the young blind population through education, accessibility and innovation.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” - Helen Keller

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