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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

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