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Emergency Preparedness Program Updates posted on Jun 21

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) Personal Emergency Preparedness (ER) Training program has made several new updates.

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Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws Training Offerings by Massachusetts Office on Disability posted on May 23

Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws Training Offerings by Massachusetts Office on Disability

Are you a state agency, municipal government, employer or business? If so, you have important obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar Massachusetts laws to your employees, customers, visitors, and the general public who are persons with disabilities. MOD can help to provide training for you and your staff these requirements.

Education goes a long way in avoiding violations that can result in lengthy and costly consequences for your organization. Further, compliance with the ADA and similar laws ensures that persons with disabilities who are qualified employees, valued customers, and members of our communities have equal access to the programs, services, and opportunities available to everyone else.

Frequently Asked Questions: Disability Benefits in Massachusetts posted on May 16

Frequently Asked Questions: Disability Benefits in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) provides general information on benefits and resources available to individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth. MOD does not administer any benefit programs, but this post addresses common questions we receive regarding such programs.

New Process to Contact Massachusetts Office on Disability posted on May 9

New Process to Contact Massachusetts Office on Disability

MOD provides information, technical assistance, training, and advocacy. MOD does not provide disability benefits or emergency services. MOD answers questions regarding disability rights, access & resources.

Due to recent changes, MOD will no longer have the ability to provide walk-in meetings. Most of the services MOD offers can be provided over the phone or through email.

If you visit MOD’s office and do not have an appointment with a staff member, you will be asked to complete a brief form with your contact information and a staff member will follow up with you shortly.

Service, Emotional Support, and Assistance Animals: Rights Under Fair Housing Laws posted on May 2

Service, Emotional Support, and Assistance Animals: Rights Under Fair Housing Laws

This post is part of our series on animals that assist individuals with disabilities. Housing providers may be obligated to modify their “not pets” policies to allow a resident to keep an animal that does not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of “service animal.” This post will clarify the status of other types of animals that may assist individuals with disabilities, such as emotional support/companion animals, and their status under Fair Housing laws.

Requirements for Ramp Dimensions under the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards posted on Apr 25

Requirements for Ramp Dimensions under the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards

This post is a follow–up to our recent post on ramp slope requirements. This post will guide you through additional obligations for width, handrails, length and landings under the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s (MAAB) rules and regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards (ADA Design Standards).