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Monthly Archives: June 2014

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Posted on Jun 26

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

After a traumatic event, stress-related reactions are common, but not everyone gets Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and untreated symptoms can disrupt normal life. Here are some quick facts about PTSD: PTSD can Affect Anyone There   …Continue Reading PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Week Posted on Jun 25

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Week

In state government, there are many acronyms. There is one in particular this week we would like to bring to your attention: VRT. VRT stands for Vision Rehabilitation Teaching and is the educational process that prepares a blind or visually impaired person of any age to perform daily   …Continue Reading Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Week

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees Posted on Jun 18

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

Within refugee communities and during the general resettlement process, LGBTQ refugees face significant challenges. They may have suffered trauma and stigmatization in their home or secondary countries based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and may still suffer or fear that they will suffer   …Continue Reading ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

#IWantAWorld Massachusetts Posted on Jun 16

#IWantAWorld Massachusetts

This month in celebration LGBQ\T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Transgender) Pride and as we look back over 10 years of Massachusetts being the first state to legalize marriage equality and the 16 other states have since followed suit, we look forward toward the next   …Continue Reading #IWantAWorld Massachusetts

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Posted on Jun 13

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

This year, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) will receive 23,000 reports of elder abuse and neglect – an increase of more than 1,500 over last year. Eight years ago in recognition of the scope and universality of the issue, the International Network   …Continue Reading World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Register For The 6th Annual Women Veterans Conference (Free) Posted on Jun 12

Register For The 6th Annual Women Veterans Conference (Free)

Each year, the  Women Veterans’ Network (WVN) hosts a Women Veterans Conference, a free networking event for women veterans to meet each other and learn about the unique programs offered exclusively to Massachusetts’ female veterans. This year’s Conference is going to be held this Saturday, June 14th at   …Continue Reading Register For The 6th Annual Women Veterans Conference (Free)

Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014 Posted on Jun 11

Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014

The Office for Refugees and Immigrants is delighted to join Governor Deval Patrick in celebrating Africa Week. ORI’s mission is to promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social, and civic life of Massachusetts. Given the myriad trials   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014

Memorial Service honors Belchertown State School Residents Posted on Jun 10

Memorial Service honors Belchertown State School Residents

Each year, family members, former residents of the Belchertown State School, staff and friends gather at the Warner Pine Grove Memorial Cemetery to honor those who had once resided at the facility, and have passed. The Warner Pine Grove Cemetery is the final resting place   …Continue Reading Memorial Service honors Belchertown State School Residents

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Celebrates 70th Anniversary of D-Day Posted on Jun 9

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Celebrates 70th Anniversary of D-Day

The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke held a ceremony on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, honoring four veterans living at the facility who survived the largest seaborne assault in the history of the world. More than 200 people attended the ceremony, which remembered the sacrifices of   …Continue Reading Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Celebrates 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Experiencing an Orientation and Mobility Lesson Posted on Jun 5

Experiencing an Orientation and Mobility Lesson

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) Orientation and Mobility Department (O&M) consists of Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) who provide individualized travel training programs in one’s own home, workplace and community. A COMS is a vision professional, usually having earned a master’s degree or a   …Continue Reading Experiencing an Orientation and Mobility Lesson