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Yearly Archives: 2015

Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots Posted on Dec 23

Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots

Accessible parking is essential to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in community life.  Availability of parking with accessible features allows persons with certain limitations to access businesses, schools, medical facilities, places of employment, etc. This post will discuss designated accessible, also known as “handicapped,” parking provisions   …Continue Reading Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots

Children’s Winter/Holiday Scene Art Contest Results Posted on Dec 4

Children's Winter/Holiday Scene Art Contest Results

MOD recently hosted a children and youth winter art contest. We asked children and teens across the Commonwealth to create an original winter scene that incorporates MOD’s mission of ensuring “equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities.” After receiving some fantastic artwork,   …Continue Reading Children’s Winter/Holiday Scene Art Contest Results

Your State Government Wants to Hear From You on Disability Regulations Posted on Nov 30

Your State Government Wants to Hear From You on Disability Regulations

Members of the public have an opportunity to voice their concerns about programs and regulations that impact persons with disabilities to Commonwealth senior staff and agency heads in an open and welcoming environment. This will also be a chance to listen to the input of other   …Continue Reading Your State Government Wants to Hear From You on Disability Regulations

Children’s Holiday/Winter Scene Art Contest Posted on Nov 5

Children's Holiday/Winter Scene Art Contest

The Massachusetts Office on Disability is currently accepting submissions for our Holiday/Winter Scene Art Contest 2015 and the deadline is fast approaching!

LOCATION CHANGE: Executive Office for Administration and Finance to Host First Regulatory Review Listening Session on Disabilities Monday November 9th 2015 Posted on Nov 4

LOCATION CHANGE: Executive Office for Administration and Finance to Host First Regulatory Review Listening Session on Disabilities Monday November 9th 2015

The Disabilities listening sessions seek public input regarding regulations impacting persons with disabilities. This includes both regulations for agencies that assist persons with disabilities, as well as regulations impacting persons with disabilities (e.g. building codes).

The first listening session will be held as follows:

Monday November 9, 2015, 3PM-5PM

UPDATED LOCATION:

1000 Washington Street

Room 1-E,

Boston, MA

Executive Office for Administration and Finance to Host First Regulatory Review Listening Sessions on Disabilities Posted on Oct 27

Executive Office for Administration and Finance to Host First Regulatory Review Listening Sessions on Disabilities

As part of a series of ten regulatory review listening sessions held by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, three sessions on Disabilities will be held in November and December of 2015. Governor Baker’s Executive Order 562 commissions a thorough review of every Executive Branch   …Continue Reading Executive Office for Administration and Finance to Host First Regulatory Review Listening Sessions on Disabilities

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Four: 1990-Present Posted on Oct 23

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Four: 1990-Present

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to present our month-long blog series that will provide a brief history of significant disability policies, developments, and figures in the United States and Massachusetts throughout the past two centuries. Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section 15LLLLL, the month   …Continue Reading Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Four: 1990-Present

MOD Calling on Children to Enter Holiday/Winter Scene Art Contest Posted on Oct 20

The Massachusetts Office on Disability is pleased to announce our Holiday/Winter Scene Art Contest 2015. We are inviting children across the Commonwealth ages 17 & under of all abilities to submit an original holiday/winter art scene that incorporates MOD’s mission of ensuring “equal participation in   …Continue Reading MOD Calling on Children to Enter Holiday/Winter Scene Art Contest

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Three: 1960-1990 Posted on Oct 16

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Three: 1960-1990

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to present our month-long blog series that will provide a brief history of significant disability policies, developments, and figures in the United States and Massachusetts throughout the past two centuries. Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section 15LLLLL, the month of October commemorates Disability History Month. Welcome to Part Three: 1960-1990. The 1960s saw the emergence of the disability rights movement in America. The following decades brought the Independent Living movement and protests against discrimination in the form of physical and social barriers. The tireless efforts of disability rights advocates over those several decades would culminate in the passage of the most comprehensive civil rights law for persons with disabilities in history. Further, many of Massachusetts’ important agencies serving the disability community, including MOD were founded over this period.

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Two: 1900-1960 Posted on Oct 9

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Two: 1900-1960

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to present our month-long blog series that will provide a brief history of significant disability policies, developments, and figures in the United States and Massachusetts throughout the past two centuries. Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section 15LLLLL, the month of October commemorates Disability History Month.
Welcome to Part Two: 1900-1960. The first half of the 20th century brought the devastation of two World Wars which sent many Americans home with permanent disabilities. The unprecedented U.S. polio epidemics would leave countless more individuals with disabling conditions, many of whom would go on to lead the disability rights movement. Massachusetts was home to many important “firsts” in disability history during this time. The period also brought advancements in science and medicine as well as social programs and policies to support people with disabilities but a long road lay ahead in terms of equal access, societal attitudes towards disability and quality of life for persons with disabilities.