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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month posted on Apr 10

A Message from Kathleen Betts, Assistant Secretary, Office of Children, Youth, and Families: Did you know that 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted across our Commonwealth each year?  This month, I proudly listened to Governor Deval Patrick proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  According   …Continue Reading Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans

Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans posted on Apr 4

  “Take Me Out to the Ballgame!” Friday, April 4, 2014 is the Home Opener for the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox. The incredible sights and sounds of Fenway Park are widely discussed, and the current organization has done a wonderful job to ensure that   …Continue Reading Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans

LGBT Health Awareness Week

LGBT Health Awareness Week posted on Mar 31

This past week marked the 11th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This week, we highlight the progress our Commonwealth and the country has made to   …Continue Reading LGBT Health Awareness Week

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month!

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month! posted on Mar 28

Not only veterans suffer from head trauma. In fact, did you know that 2.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year? And that in Massachusetts there were 68,285 cases that involved a traumatic brain injury in 2010 alone? That’s why the Massachusetts’ Rehab Commission   …Continue Reading March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month!

Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK

Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK posted on Mar 24

March is Women’s History Month, a time to acknowledge the significant contributions women make to their families, their businesses, their communities, and social progress. This month, we remember Elsie Frank, a woman whose name we recognize on our Office of Elder Affairs conference room and   …Continue Reading Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK

Fling into Spring with the Women Veterans’ Network March 29

Fling into Spring with the Women Veterans’ Network March 29 posted on Mar 19

The MA Women Veterans’ Network (WVN) and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology are hosting a Women Veterans’ Spring Fling on Saturday, March 29, 2014. According to Viviana Marcotte, an Iraq War veteran and coordinator of the WVN for the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Spring Fling   …Continue Reading Fling into Spring with the Women Veterans’ Network March 29

61st Annual National Federation for the Blind Massachusetts Convention

61st Annual National Federation for the Blind Massachusetts Convention posted on Mar 14

The National Federation for the Blind (NFB-MA) of Massachusetts held their 61st annual state convention Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2, 2014 a in Boston. Founded in 1940, the NFB is the oldest and largest nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States   …Continue Reading 61st Annual National Federation for the Blind Massachusetts Convention

Happy Social Worker’s Month!

Happy Social Worker’s Month! posted on Mar 11

  As we begin Social Worker Appreciation Month, we wanted to express how grateful we are for the hard work and tireless dedication of all our social workers across the Commonwealth.  These are the people holding the hands of the children in our care who may   …Continue Reading Happy Social Worker’s Month!

DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge

DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge posted on Mar 6

From the halls of the State House to the halls of its youth programs, the Department of Youth Services’ (DYS) commitment to uphold the White Ribbon Day’s pledge was clearly visible. On March 6, DYS staff from various departments, including the Victim Services Unit and   …Continue Reading DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge

Hometown Glory

Hometown Glory posted on Feb 28

Ever hear of or see the the movie Glory, starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington? Well, that is of our Commonwealth’s very own 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The 54th Volunteer Regiment was the first organized regiment of the US Army that was comprised of African American soldiers.   …Continue Reading Hometown Glory