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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!

SECRETARY POLANOWICZ COMMENDS WORK OF AUTISM COMMISSION Posted on Mar 27

SECRETARY POLANOWICZ COMMENDS WORK OF AUTISM COMMISSION

Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz commended the members of the Governor’s Special Commission Relative to Autism for their important work in developing and releasing their report. Secretary Polanowicz was joined by Representative Danielle Gregoire, Autism Commission Chair and former Representative Barbara L’Italien, Assistant Secretary   …Continue Reading SECRETARY POLANOWICZ COMMENDS WORK OF AUTISM COMMISSION

White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities Posted on Oct 19

White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities

Help blind pedestrians while you drive By MCB Commissioner Janet LaBreck The white cane is a symbol of independence reflecting an individual who is blind’s ability to travel independently. Governor Deval L. Patrick has officially proclaimed October 15th as White Cane Safety Day in the   …Continue Reading White Cane Day and Disability Mentoring Day celebrate independence of individuals with disabilities

Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall Posted on Oct 19

Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall

By Daniela Trammell, director of marketing at MRC Last week the  Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the City of Boston, and a number of local businesses assembled in Boston's City Hall to celebrate “Disability Mentoring Day.” This event affirmed the joint partnership between MRC and the City, both   …Continue Reading Don’t Give Up, Be Persistent: Lessons from Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall

MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012 Posted on Aug 29

MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012

By Commissioner Heidi Reed  For the second consecutive summer, the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) offers Summer Transition to Work services from June to September 2012.  Sixty Deaf and Hard of Hearing   …Continue Reading MCDHH and MRC’s Transition to Work Program 2012

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health Posted on Aug 16

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health

By DMH Commissioner Marcia Fowler Today marks the official opening of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH). The new, state-of-the-art facility represents an evolution in modern public psychiatric care and treatment and reflects a remarkable collaboration among scores   …Continue Reading Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital opens today: New facility reflects new frontier for mental health

On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities Posted on Jul 25

On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr As we approach 22nd Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this Thursday, now is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made.  The ADA, a broad civil rights law for people with   …Continue Reading On the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a resolve to continue championing all rights of all individuals with disabilities