Undergraduate Research

Salmaan Kapadia, Accounting




“As an accounting major, I never expected to be working in the social services sector, so I am very thankful for this opportunity.”

"My experience with the Lowell Association for the Blind (LAB) was in one word: brilliant! Upon arriving at the LAB, I was wholeheartedly welcomed by the entire team. From reading news articles live on the radio on the first day to meeting some of the most soulful people on earth, I can say that this experience was a life changer. Thanks to my manager, Elizabeth Cannon, I was able to manipulate all of the technology available in the office, research nonprofit grants and connect our organization to the world through social media. This association does an incredible job in sticking to what I believe is the best mission in the area — to enrich the lives of the visually impaired. Finding price quotes for advancements in technology and inputting entries into programs such as DonorPerfect and QuickBooks were only a small part of the equation. My job at the LAB was much more defined and satisfying. I got to make people happy. Twice a week I spent time assisting the Adult Program by helping with breakfast and taking the clients out to places with our wonderful Youth & Adult Program Coordinator, Christie Cleaver. Christie and I also took the kids to the movies, on tours, and other places that we knew would make them smile. I truly have been blessed with meeting such kindhearted people, and I feel that this organization reestablishes a positive image on humanity. As an accounting major, I never expected to be working in the social services sector, so I am very thankful for this opportunity. If it weren't for UMass Lowell and Prof. Deborah Finch, I would not be as privileged as I am today. Until technology advances to the stage when visual impairedness can be cured once and for all, I know in my heart that the LAB will always be there to bring light to our society."