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The MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (MMRC) was established in December 2006, through the merger of the Montreal Association for the Blind (MAB) and the Mackay Rehabilitation Centre.
Together, these two long standing private not-for-profit health and social services establishments of Montreal, have served the population of Montreal for over 240 years.
The Montreal Association for
the Blind (MAB)
Today, all vision rehabilitation services are offered on an external basis. The Philip E. Layton School of the English Montreal School board also operates on a non-residential basis at the MAB site, offering education services to the visually impaired.
The Mackay Rehabilitation
The Mackay Rehabilitation Centre is the result of a merger in 1960 of two Montreal institutions, the Mackay Institution for Protestant Deaf Mutes and the School for Crippled Children. The Mackay Institution was founded in 1869 by Thomas Widd, while the School for Crippled Children began in 1916. After their merger a new site was constructed on Decarie Boulevard. At the time the Centre housed a residential school and rehabilitation centre for 59 Deaf and motor-impaired children.
In 1989 the Mackay Centre began offering rehabilitation services to Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and seniors, and closed its internal beds in 1997, offering all rehabilitation services on an external basis. The Mackay Centre School of the English Montreal School Board continues to be housed at the Mackay site.
In 2005 discussions about the future of the two organizations were initiated between the MAB and the Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, the result of a growing clinical and administrative partnership. After numerous consultations with staff, clients and stakeholders of both establishments, the decision to merge was taken in January 2006 by both boards of directors.
The merger provided the necessary tools to accomplish the Centre's goals in several important areas, namely:
The MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre is looking towards the future with a renewed sense of purpose and a clear commitment; respectful of the past and united in the future.