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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Beware of Entities Charging a Fee for Service Animal/Emotional Support Animal “Certification” Posted on Aug 27

Beware of Entities Charging a Fee for Service Animal/Emotional Support Animal “Certification”

MOD often hears from people with disabilities who have paid a fee in order to obtain a “certification” or “registration” for their service animal or emotional support animal (ESA) in order to get permission to have the animal in housing or other places that do not allow animals. We thought we would clarify the status of these so-called certifying bodies and explain what would be considered sufficient documentation that an animal is needed because of a disability.

International Disability Professionals Visit MA Office on Disability Posted on Aug 21

International Disability Professionals Visit MA Office on Disability

MOD had the pleasure of welcoming professionals from the international disability community this summer. MOD was visited on two separate occasions by leaders in disability policy and Independent Living from both Canada and South Korea through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Long Term Support Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Massachusetts: Part Two: Residential Care and Supportive Housing Posted on Aug 18

MOD hears from many people with disabilities and their family members who want to know what options there are for individuals who either need help to live at home or in a residential setting. We thought it would be helpful to lay out and describe the all the major options in one place to make it easier to compare and navigate the various programs. This is Part Two of a two-part blog series on long-term home care and supported living programs for seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

Long Term Support Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Massachusetts: Part One: Home Care Options in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 13

Long Term Support Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Massachusetts: Part One: Home Care Options in Massachusetts

MOD hears from many people with disabilities and their family members who want to know what options exist for those who either need help to live at home or are seeking residential care. We thought it would be helpful to lay out and describe most of the major options in one place to make it easier to compare and navigate the various programs. This is Part One of a two-part blog series on long-term home care and residential care programs for seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. Part One will focus on Home Care options for people who need services to help them live at home and in their communities.

Governor Baker Improves Access to Public Records with New Procedures Posted on Aug 6

Governor Baker Improves Access to Public Records with New Procedures

On July 30, 2015 Governor Baker announced new administration-wide procedures in regard to public records requests, in order to improve access to government records and information. These new procedures will serve to increase access to all members of the public, including persons with disabilities, which is in alignment with our office’s statutory mandate to ensure access in all aspects of life.