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White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities

White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities posted on Oct 19

Help blind pedestrians while you drive By MCB Commissioner Janet LaBreck The white cane is a symbol of independence reflecting an individual who is blind’s ability to travel independently. Governor Deval L. Patrick has officially proclaimed October 15th as White Cane Safety Day in the   …Continue Reading White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities

Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall

Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall posted on Oct 19

By Daniela Trammell, director of marketing at MRC Last week the  Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the City of Boston, and a number of local businesses assembled in Boston's City Hall to celebrate “Disability Mentoring Day.” This event affirmed the joint partnership between MRC and the City, both   …Continue Reading Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall

September is Healthy Aging Month: Time to Stretch and Smile

September is Healthy Aging Month: Time to Stretch and Smile posted on Sep 18

By Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann L. Hartstein Two years ago, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs developed an “Aging Agenda,” underscoring the fact that aging begins at birth and is a lifelong process. Based on nine principles for improving the quality of   …Continue Reading September is Healthy Aging Month: Time to Stretch and Smile

Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth

Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth posted on Sep 18

By Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, communications coordinator for the Department of Youth Services Through an enduring government and nonprofit partnership, youth engaged with the Department of Youth Services (DYS) are receiving leadership and employment training from social enterprise More Than Words (MTW). Since 2006, More Than Words (MTW) has   …Continue Reading Community partnership addresses important barriers for DYS youth

Childcare for Refugee Populations: Partnerships for Increased Access posted on Aug 30

By: Diane M. Randolph, Director, Community Building Unit/ Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) There is a well-known African adage: It takes a village to raise a child. Seemingly this phrase hasn’t lost its accuracy. The United States has consistently received an influx of   …Continue Reading Childcare for Refugee Populations: Partnerships for Increased Access

MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012

MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012 posted on Aug 29

By Commissioner Heidi Reed  For the second consecutive summer, the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) offers Summer Transition to Work services from June to September 2012.  Sixty Deaf and Hard of Hearing   …Continue Reading MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health posted on Aug 16

By DMH Commissioner Marcia Fowler Today marks the official opening of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH). The new, state-of-the-art facility represents an evolution in modern public psychiatric care and treatment and reflects a remarkable collaboration among scores   …Continue Reading Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health

DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement

DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement posted on Jul 31

By DYS Commissioner Edward Dolan The dedication and efforts of DYS staff are critically important to the mission of impacting the lives of youth in our care. We recently recognized our employee’s work by honoring more than 100 DYS clinicians, caseworkers, district managers and resource   …Continue Reading DYS state-wide training event celebrates staff and client achievement

On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities

On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities posted on Jul 25

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr As we approach 22nd Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this Thursday, now is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made.  The ADA, a broad civil rights law for people with   …Continue Reading On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities

Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit

Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit posted on Jul 24

By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain On July 19 the Department of Children and Families (DCF) hosted the agency’s annual Foster Youth Summit for youth in our care. We were honored to be joined by Governor Patrick and Secretary Bigby to kick off this event. More   …Continue Reading Fostering youth development at DCF’s Annual Youth Summit