Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.
Janet LaBreck was recently named commissioner of the Massachusetts
Commission for the Blind by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary
of Health and Human Services, JudyAnn Bigby. Ms. LaBreck has worked at
the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind for the past 22 years. Since
2001, she has been the commission's regional director for central
Massachusetts. In this capacity, Ms. LaBreck executed daily agency
operations for the region and had been instrumental in promoting
partnerships with business, higher education, and nonprofit communities.
She successfully facilitated the development and implementation of a
national employment network for people who are blind in collaboration
with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation. A
certified rehabilitation counselor, Ms. LaBreck also served the
commission in various capacities prior to her appointment, including as
a vocational rehabilitation counselor (1993-2001), independent living
coordinator (1986-2001), and consumer advocate (1985-1986). Since 2005,
Ms. LaBreck has been an adjunct professor for Assumption College in
Worcester, Massachusetts, where she teaches the graduate-level courses
Rehabilitation of the Blind and Case Management in Rehabilitation. Ms.
LaBreck earned a bachelor's degree from the University of
Massachusetts-Boston and a master's degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts. For more information, contact: Janet LaBreck,
commissioner, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, 48 Boylston
Street, Boston, MA 02116-4718; phone: 800-392-6450 or 617-727-5550;
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