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Yearly Archives: 2016

Requirements for Compliant Ramp Slopes Under ADA Design Standards and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations Posted on Dec 27

Requirements for Compliant Ramp Slopes Under ADA Design Standards and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations

Safe and effective ramps are essential to ensuring the independence of individuals who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. This post will discuss ramp running slope and ramp cross slope requirements that make ramps usable and accessible. We will also clarify the specific differences in the slope requirements and obligations between the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s (MAAB) rules and regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Design Standards (ADA Design Standards).

Accessible On-Street Parking Posted on Oct 12

Accessible On-Street Parking

In an earlier post, we discussed accessibility requirements for off-street parking. Now, this post will address the provision of accessible on-street parking. While the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) and the 1991 and 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (1991/2010 ADA Standards) have very specific regulations regarding off-street accessible parking, these regulations do not extend their jurisdiction to on-street accessible parking spaces.

Independent Living Centers in Massachusetts Posted on Oct 1

Independent Living Centers in Massachusetts

The first Sunday in October is Independent Living Center Day under Massachusetts General Law. There are eleven Independent Living Centers located across the Commonwealth. ILCs generally provide four core services: information and referral, advocacy, independent living skills training, and peer counseling.

Accessible Recreational Boating Facilities Posted on Sep 28

Accessible Recreational Boating Facilities

This post will address accessibility standards for Recreational Boating Facilities. Specifically, the requirements under the 2010 ADA Design Standards (2010 Standards) with regards to the access that is required to the various slips and boating amenities.

Massachusetts Office on Disability 2016 Summit on Employment Posted on Sep 23

Massachusetts Office on Disability 2016 Summit on Employment

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) 2016 Disability Summit on Employment was held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

The morning opened with a networking breakfast buffet. Welcome and introductions were given by David D’Arcangelo, Director of MOD, who served as the event emcee. David also gave a presentation of MOD’s “Year in Review,” sharing new initiatives, programs, and activities since the previous year’s Summit. David also announced that in the last year, MOD staff have delivered 76 trainings reaching 2,053 people, conducted 196 public awareness activities reaching 5,117 people, and handled 3,446 intakes in MOD’s Client Services Unit.

Massachusetts Office on Disability Teaches Independence College Course with Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council Posted on Jun 6

Massachusetts Office on Disability Teaches Independence College Course with Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

The Massachusetts Development Disabilities Council (MDDC) is an independent, federally funded organization whose mission is to promote independence and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities in all areas of life.  Every five years, the Council submits a state plan to address the most important issues   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office on Disability Teaches Independence College Course with Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access Posted on Feb 22

Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access

This post gives an overview of the obligations that residents, businesses, and municipalities have to remove snow for sidewalk access.

Income Tax Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 12

Income Tax Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts

Welcome to “Tax Season.” The deadline for filing 2015 taxes is Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 for Massachusetts residents. MOD usually receives calls this time of year from individuals requesting information on obtaining assistance with preparing their taxes and also on deductions and credits that apply   …Continue Reading Income Tax Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts