Post Content

National Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) was established by the White House in 1999 with fewer than three-dozen participants as part of an effort to increase awareness of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In celebration of NDEAM this past October, the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and the Commonwealth Human Resources Division (HRD) partnered to host our first “Disability Mentoring Week (DMW).” DMW was an opportunity for people with disabilities to explore career opportunities within Massachusetts state government. Several Massachusetts state agencies welcomed approximately 30 mentees. Each mentee was paired with a state employee working in the mentee’s field of interest. Mentees also attended workshops on MassCareers, the state’s hiring system, interviewing, and resume building. Feedback from both mentors and mentees has been overwhelmingly positive. We are looking forward to hosting this program again in the future.

group photo of DMW participants and hosts in training classroom

A Few of DMW 2017 Mentees in a MassCareers workshop

 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Service Animals: Frequently Asked Questions posted on Jan 4

Service Animals: Frequently Asked Questions

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) fields a high volume of inquiries and requests for training on the subject of service animals. Our previous blog post about service animals and emotional support animals continues to be our most-viewed post. MOD staff provide technical assistance to businesses, agencies, local governments, and other organizations that are making efforts to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities to be accompanied by service animals. As part of our blog series on animals that assist persons with disabilities, this post offers a sampling of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive on this topic.

Requirements for Accessible Saunas and Steam Rooms: Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations posted on Dec 29

Requirements for Accessible Saunas and Steam Rooms: Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations

Saunas and steam rooms found at spas, health clubs, and other areas are used for a variety of reasons including health, stress relief, and relaxation. To understand the accessibility requirements for saunas and steam rooms, we need to look at the 1991 and 2010 ADA Design Standards (ADADS) and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s rules and regulations (MAAB) to determine the applicability and the most stringent requirement.

MOD FY 16 & 17 Report Available posted on Dec 15

MOD FY 16 & 17 Report Available

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) has published a two year report covering Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017.