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The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission partners with companies in Massachusetts to place people with disabilities in the workforce Posted on Apr 27

By MRC Director of Statewide Job Placement Services William Allen The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently announced that the overall unemployment rate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is 6.9%. According to the U.S. Department of Labor,  however, the unemployment rate for   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission partners with companies in Massachusetts to place people with disabilities in the workforce

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5 Posted on Apr 3

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Few of us will forget the sight of the darkened Prudential Tower and surrounding buildings on the evening of March 13, especially those who live in the immediate area and were forced to evacuate their homes. A fire at an   …Continue Reading DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

National Brain Injury Awareness Month: Reaching Out to Veterans Posted on Mar 13

By Nicky Osborne, Director of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) – Brain Injury & Statewide Specialized Community Services (BI&SSCS) March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, when the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) redoubles its efforts to promote awareness that a brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere,   …Continue Reading National Brain Injury Awareness Month: Reaching Out to Veterans

The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services Posted on Feb 23

The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services

By DDS Commissioner Elin Howe Many of you may be familiar with the mission and work of the Department of Developmental Services but may be less familiar with the Department’s Office for Human Rights (OHR). This important office oversees a system of safeguards to affirm,   …Continue Reading The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services

Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology Posted on Jan 12

Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr   In December the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program commemorated six years of successfully securing more than $8.6 million in low-interest loans to state residents with disabilities and their families so they can buy equipment and services that help them   …Continue Reading Six years of creating opportunities to purchase assistive technology

Fostering ‘epic’ experiences and building a stronger workforce Posted on Dec 30

Fostering ‘epic’ experiences and building a stronger workforce

By Massachusetts Commissioner for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Heidi L. Reed  The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is committed to supporting deaf and hard of hearing residents look for, and transition to, gainful employment so that they may   …Continue Reading Fostering ‘epic’ experiences and building a stronger workforce

Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members Posted on Dec 15

Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members

By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby I am delighted to update you on a very important MassHealth initiative. Readers of “Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services” may have read about this initiative in June. MassHealth and the federal government are working   …Continue Reading Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members

“It Takes a Village…” Posted on Dec 7

By Director of Assistive Technology for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Karen Langley There is an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  When the child has a disability, it can take the involvement of many   …Continue Reading “It Takes a Village…”

Giving Thanks by Giving Back Posted on Nov 28

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

By DMH General Counsel Lester Blumberg   Each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I find myself walking into Florian Hall in Dorchester along with dozens of volunteers from the Department Mental Health, kids from local schools, members of the Boston Fire Department Local 718, Friends of   …Continue Reading Giving Thanks by Giving Back

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission goes global Posted on Nov 9

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission goes global

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with a dozen advocates and people with disabilities from Iraq, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait and Jordan. The delegation – sponsored by the U.S. State Department and hosted by WorldBoston, a non- profit agency   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission goes global