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Secretary Francisco Urena, Commissioner Saner show support for Blinded Veterans of America Posted on May 20

Secretary Francisco Urena, Commissioner Saner show support for  Blinded Veterans of America

On May 18, 2016, the Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services, Francisco Urena and the Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), Paul Saner were keynote speakers at an event hosted by Blinded Veterans of America (BVA) Cape Cod Chapter. The BVA is   …Continue Reading Secretary Francisco Urena, Commissioner Saner show support for Blinded Veterans of America

MCB’s Mitch Sanborn wins Paul McDade “FOCUS” Award for Distinguished Leadership Posted on May 11

MCB’s Mitch Sanborn wins Paul McDade “FOCUS” Award for Distinguished Leadership

During my brief time serving as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission of the Blind (MCB), I have had the pleasure to present numerous awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the blindness community.  Last month, I was asked to make another   …Continue Reading MCB’s Mitch Sanborn wins Paul McDade “FOCUS” Award for Distinguished Leadership

Becoming a Leader in Change is More than a Month-Long Effort Posted on Dec 1

Becoming a Leader in Change is More than a Month-Long Effort

When it comes to finding a job, many people struggle. It takes effort, patience and confidence. For those who are unemployed and disabled the task is even harder – the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is nearly double that of those unemployed without disabilities.   …Continue Reading Becoming a Leader in Change is More than a Month-Long Effort

MCB Summer Internship Gives People with Disabilities the Chance to Shine Posted on Sep 9

MCB Summer Internship Gives People with Disabilities the Chance to Shine

In any sport, having a winning percentage of .750 is considered doing extremely well. In fact, most teams that are winning an average of seven out of 10 games are usually sitting atop their division. When this number is used in relation to the percentage   …Continue Reading MCB Summer Internship Gives People with Disabilities the Chance to Shine

Baker Administration Honors Members of the Department of Developmental Services’ Urban Youth Collaborative Program Posted on Aug 21

Baker Administration Honors Members of the Department of Developmental Services’ Urban Youth Collaborative Program

Young leaders recognized at State House for commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities The Baker Administration honored members of the Department of Developmental Services’ Urban Youth Collaborative Program (UCYP) during a celebration and awards ceremony inside the Great Hall at the State House earlier this   …Continue Reading Baker Administration Honors Members of the Department of Developmental Services’ Urban Youth Collaborative Program

Korean Independent Living Advocates Visit Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Posted on Aug 19

Korean Independent Living Advocates Visit Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Ten representatives from the Republic of Korea recently visited the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) to discuss some of the policies and services that support the rights and ability of people with disabilities to participate equally in our society. MRC Commissioner Osborne and Independent Living staff   …Continue Reading Korean Independent Living Advocates Visit Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Building Careers, Building Lives: 2015 Annual Consumer Conference Posted on Jun 19

Building Careers, Building Lives: 2015 Annual Consumer Conference

“Building Careers, Building Lives” was this year’s theme for the 34th Annual Consumer Conference attended by more than 400 people this week. The conference was organized by three state commissions – Mass. Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Mass. Commission for the Blind (MCB), Mass. Commission for the   …Continue Reading Building Careers, Building Lives: 2015 Annual Consumer Conference

Guest Post From Carolyn Graves Posted on May 19

Guest Post From Carolyn Graves

Business owner Carolyn Graves, owner of Cakes & Islands, talks about overcoming her physical challenge to realize her sweet dream. I was born deaf. But with the use of hearing aids, I had some hearing.  Without them I couldn’t hear anything at all. My parents   …Continue Reading Guest Post From Carolyn Graves

MRC Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Posted on Nov 13

MRC Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) was proud to participate in the  successful campaign for October National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). During the month long celebration, MRC organized and participated in a variety of events including exhibitions at local outreach and network events, career fairs, a consumer-led art   …Continue Reading MRC Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Paying It Forward: The Opening of a New ‘REquipment’ Center Posted on Oct 23

Paying It Forward: The Opening of a New ‘REquipment’ Center

“Paying it forward” is an old concept of doing a good deed or giving charitably to others without acclaim. It is this concept that was revitalized by the symbolic ribbon cutting of the new ‘REquipment’ Center in Worcester. The REquipment Center advances personal and professional   …Continue Reading Paying It Forward: The Opening of a New ‘REquipment’ Center