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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

Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist Posted on Oct 31

Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the third annual Boston Disability Mentoring Day (DMD). This event was a partnership between the City of Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, to both conclude our mentor/internship program and recognize October as   …Continue Reading Watching the Earth Move: Notes from an MRC Employment Specialist

Patrick Administration Proclaims White Cane Safety Day Posted on Oct 15

Patrick Administration Proclaims White Cane Safety Day

Governor Deval L. Patrick officially proclaimed October 15th as White Cane Safety Day in the Commonwealth.  In recognition the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) celebrated the independence of white canes and raised public awareness of Massachusetts White Cane Law with an event at the Grand Staircase of the   …Continue Reading Patrick Administration Proclaims White Cane Safety Day

October is More than Disability Employment Awareness Month! Posted on Oct 4

October is More than Disability Employment Awareness Month!

For the past 68 years, each October the nation comes together in a campaign to raise awareness about disability employment. In 1988, it was made official, and the month was proclaimed National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). October is a time to reflect and discuss   …Continue Reading October is More than Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project Posted on Oct 3

Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project

On Wednesday October 2nd, at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) hosted a ribbon cutting of the completed Hogan/Wrentham Comprehensive Energy Project at the Hogan Regional Center in Hathorne (Danvers). DDS Commissioner Elin Howe joined representatives of state agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy, utility representatives,   …Continue Reading Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project

Free Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Screenings Offered to Veterans Posted on Aug 27

Free Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Screenings Offered to Veterans

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s (MRC) has several ongoing efforts to reach out to Iraq and Afghanistan (OIF/OEF) veterans who may have sustained a combat-related concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Last week, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s (MRC) Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) offered screening   …Continue Reading Free Mass. Rehabilitation Commission Screenings Offered to Veterans

The Urban Youth Collaborative Program Celebrates 22nd Year Posted on Aug 9

The Urban Youth Collaborative Program Celebrates 22nd Year

In 1992, the Department of Developmental Services (formerly known as the Department of Mental Retardation) began an experimental 8 week summer program called the Urban Youth Collaborative Program. The UYCP is based on four principles: Expand the social and recreational activities for people with intellectual   …Continue Reading The Urban Youth Collaborative Program Celebrates 22nd Year

2013 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Internship Opening Ceremony: “Celebrating Ten Years” Posted on Jun 4

2013 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Internship Opening Ceremony: “Celebrating Ten Years”

  The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) recently held a celebration to kick off its tenth year of successfully placing interns across the Commonwealth. MCB hosted its annual Internship Opening Ceremony at One Ashburton Place in Boston on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The ceremony   …Continue Reading 2013 Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Internship Opening Ceremony: “Celebrating Ten Years”

May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge! Posted on May 10

May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge!

Since 1949, May has been officially recognized as Mental Health Month.  The first Thursday in May is celebrated as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy   …Continue Reading May is Mental Health Month: Take the Hero of Hope Pledge!