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Category Archives: Disability Policies and Programs

‘Beyond Parity’ to Examine Policy Impact on Individuals with Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders Posted on Oct 21

‘Beyond Parity’ to Examine Policy Impact on Individuals with Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders

By DMH Commissioner Barbara A. Leadholm, M.S., M.B.A. On October 26, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS) Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH), and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum will jointly host a forum entitled, “Beyond Parity: Mental Health and Addiction   …Continue Reading ‘Beyond Parity’ to Examine Policy Impact on Individuals with Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders

Help blind pedestrians while you drive Posted on Oct 13

Help blind pedestrians while you drive

By MCB Commissioner Janet LaBreck The white cane is a symbol of independence reflecting a blind person’s ability to travel independently. As part of White Cane Day on October 15, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Department of Transportation are partnering in   …Continue Reading Help blind pedestrians while you drive

Acknowledging 25 years of achievement and communication access for all Posted on Oct 5

Acknowledging 25 years of achievement and communication access for all

By MCDHH Commissioner Heidi Reed Today we celebrate the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s (MCDHH) 25th anniversary. The anniversary will be marked with an event at the State House: agency staff, legislators, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, deaf   …Continue Reading Acknowledging 25 years of achievement and communication access for all

Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities Posted on Sep 26

Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities

 By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby A recent report released by the AARP Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation ranked Massachusetts 30th in the nation for long-term care. The report highlights areas where Massachusetts can improve upon its ability to provide long-term for some   …Continue Reading Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities

Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all Posted on Sep 22

Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all

By Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs Christine Griffin Over the past 25 years, we have witnessed the advent of innovative assistive technology–everything from “kneeling buses” to software for computers that speak to blind or visually-impaired individuals to video phones that allow individuals who   …Continue Reading Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all

Innovative technology offers more than creature comforts: critical tools for independent living Posted on Sep 1

By Emma Morrison, communications fellow at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services You know when you leave your house without your Blackberry or iPhone and you get that sinking feeling?  We have all been there: the panic sets in and without your ‘smart’   …Continue Reading Innovative technology offers more than creature comforts: critical tools for independent living

Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities Posted on Aug 11

Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities

By DDS Commissioner Elin Howe Through the UYCP, I learned that human services promote each unique individual. We as staff in this field can bring out the qualities and abilities in all of the individuals we support. Through that, we can all live a life   …Continue Reading Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities

A MassHealth milestone: Integrating care for residents who are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare Posted on Jun 21

By Robin Callahan MassHealth celebrated an important achievement in April: the agency’s application was accepted for a $1 million design contract with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) and the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office (FCHCO). As a result, MassHealth will submit   …Continue Reading A MassHealth milestone: Integrating care for residents who are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare

A skilled best friend: special training for guide dogs begins in foster care Posted on Jun 9

A skilled best friend: special training for guide dogs begins in foster care

   By MCB Commissioner Janet LaBreck During the past two years, a very special member of my family has been essential to the day-to-day work of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and to the many facets of my life: my guide dog, Osbourne.   …Continue Reading A skilled best friend: special training for guide dogs begins in foster care

Making businesses accessible for all is a win-win Posted on May 31

Making businesses accessible for all is a win-win

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr Earlier this month, the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann (ILCNSCA) launched an ‘All People Accessible Business" (APAB) initiative, a public/private partnership between the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC),  and local  businesses on the North Shore. The project   …Continue Reading Making businesses accessible for all is a win-win