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Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art Posted on Jul 18

Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art

Mary DeCesar recently stopped by the DDS central office to donate one of her drawings for our reception area. Mary works at Gateway Arts, a DDS contracted program. While Mary has become an accomplished artist, her life story is just as compelling. Born with an   …Continue Reading Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art

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

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

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

5th Annual Paul Kahn Awards for PCA Service Posted on Jun 2

5th Annual Paul Kahn Awards for PCA Service

The Personal Care Attendant Quality Home Care Workforce Council, in collaboration with 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East, will present the 5th annual Paul Kahn Awards for PCA Service in October 2014. Five PCAs, from different regions of the state, will be honored. Please submit   …Continue Reading 5th Annual Paul Kahn Awards for PCA Service

Massachusetts Deafblind Awareness Day 2014 Posted on Apr 25

Massachusetts Deafblind Awareness Day 2014

Advocating and supporting services for Deafblind individuals in Massachusetts Deafblind Awareness Day was held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Massachusetts State House. Individuals who are Deafblind, family members, advocates, service providers and friends convened in the Great Hall to bring awareness to lawmakers   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Deafblind Awareness Day 2014

Autism Awareness Month Posted on Apr 22

Autism Awareness Month

During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to supporting and improving the lives of individuals living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Under the Patrick Administration, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Autism Program has distinguished itself from many other national programs as the nation’s only   …Continue Reading Autism Awareness Month

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

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

61st Annual National Federation for the Blind Massachusetts Convention

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

Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care Posted on Nov 6

Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care

Remarks by Secretary Polanowicz to 38th Annual Providers’ Council Convention & Expo: Champions for Change  Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting not only me to speak with you all today, but many of my Assistant Secretaries and Commissioners. I am confident that throughout the panels today, you   …Continue Reading Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care