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

Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans

  “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

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

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

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 Posted on Oct 19

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

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 Posted on Sep 18

September is Healthy Aging Month: Time to Stretch and Smile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recognizing veterans and their service this Independence Day: 4th Annual MASS Veterans tour kicks off Posted on Jul 3

Recognizing veterans and their service this Independence Day: 4th Annual MASS Veterans tour kicks off

  By DVS Secretary Coleman Nee Independence Day gives all of us an opportunity to remember, serve, and honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice by serving this nation. On July 4, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will launch the Patrick-Murray   …Continue Reading Recognizing veterans and their service this Independence Day: 4th Annual MASS Veterans tour kicks off

One year later, tornado response team remains strong Posted on Jun 1

One year later, tornado response team remains strong

 By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley When a tornado watch was announced for Western Massachusetts earlier this week, thousands of residents of the Commonwealth and hundreds of employees at the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) held their breath.  Memories of the June 1, 2011 tornados and   …Continue Reading One year later, tornado response team remains strong

MassVetsAdvisor.org launches Memorial Day weekend: Services and support for veterans just a click away with new web portal Posted on May 25

By U.S. Army Reservist Kyle Toto I joined the U.S. Army Reserves because I wanted to give back to my country and to carry on a tradition that had been in my family for three generations. After being in the reserves for three years, my   …Continue Reading MassVetsAdvisor.org launches Memorial Day weekend: Services and support for veterans just a click away with new web portal

MassHealth begins paying incentives to providers who adopt and use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Posted on May 10

By MassHealth Health IT Project Manager Deborah Schiel Recently, I was referred to a specialist by my primary care physician. Prior to the appointment, the new physician requested my medical records so he could review my health history. It seemed easy enough. Since my physician   …Continue Reading MassHealth begins paying incentives to providers who adopt and use Electronic Health Records (EHRs)