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The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) was proud to participate in the  successful campaign for October National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

White House Champion of Change

[Left to Right: Oswald “Oz” Mondejar, Senior Vice President of Mission and Advocacy for Partners Continuing Care; Joan Phillips, Assistant Commissioner, MRC; William Allen, Director of Employment Placement Services, MRC]

During the month long celebration, MRC organized and participated in a variety of events including exhibitions at local outreach and network events, career fairs, a consumer-led art exhibit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, a Disability Mentoring Day in collaboration with the City of Boston, and an award ceremony at the White House acknowledging MRC’s partnership with Spaulding.

“It truly was an honor to be invited to the White House and to have an MRC initiative recognized by the White House is simply humbling.  This would not have happened without the hard work and dedication of the Staff of MRC’s Vocational Rehabilitation Division who work tirelessly every day to break down barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  We continue to build partnerships with employers across the state, under the leadership of William Allen our Director of Placement and the results are evident in the fact that this year we assisted 3,745 individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment. The MRC VR division staff are truly ‘Disability Employment Champions of Change.’ I extend my thanks to our colleagues at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners Health Care. It was great to have shared this experience with you.”

~ Joan Phillips, Assistant Commissioner of the Vocational Rehabilitation.

Disability Mentoring Day 

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

[Kristen McCosh, Commissioner, City of Boston Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities; and Marcel Dube, South District Director, MRC, address the crowd of attendees. Photo Credit: Drew Ritter]

Kristen McCosh, Commissioner of the City of Boston Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities, is an innovative thinker and looking for ways to bring meaningful experiences to the residents of Boston. Four years ago, the MRC and the Boston Commission, partnered together to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by offering a Disability Mentoring Day  for residents. The day allowed participants to learn more about City Hall, the different departments housed there, about job shadowing and what skills are needed for particular jobs, and about what employers are looking for in ideal candidates.

Panes of Recovery

Panes of Recovery

[Left to Right: Colleen Moran, Co-Chair, Spaulding Peace Art Gallery; Margie Gilligan, Employment Specialist, MRC; Ted Roland, Artist; Amelia Robbins-Cureau, Vocational Counselor, MRC. Photo Credit: Drew Ritter]

Ted Roland, stain glass artist and MRC consumer, had the pleasure of exhibiting his artwork at the Spaulding Rehabilitation facility in Charlestown, MA. The installation titled “Panes of Recovery” was a therapeutic experience for Ted, as he found a way to express himself after surviving tongue cancer and learning how to talk again. But it was also a restorative experience for patients at Spaulding, as the different hues of glass brought color, life, and movement to patients’ sometimes bleak recovery.

Ted Roland looks to expand his “Panes of Recovery” program and is currently seeking employment; in the meantime, he is enjoying the exposure exhibiting at Spaulding for National Disability Employment Awareness Month has given him.

Vocational Outreach

MRC Outreach

[Marcel Dube, South District Director, MRC and staff from our southeastern region at job fair.]

Across the Commonwealth our local MRC Vocational Rehabilitation Commission are offices have gone out to meet consumers where they are. During the month of October, there was an additional push. Our area offices participated in a variety of events like, but limited to, Signing Basics & Artist Square Gallery Group, job fairs in Arlington, New Bedford, Plymouth, and Westport; outreach events at the Johnny Appleseed Street Fair, and various networking events in Brockton, Plymouth, and at Mass General Hospital (MGH).

The MRC is thankful to all our employees who made National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) a huge success and we look forward to expanding our programs next year.

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