Since the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) blog launched in 2015, we have had over 20,000 sessions and reached thousands of readers. The purpose of our blog is to create and maintain an archive of succinct but nuanced information on a vast variety of disability related topics. The blog is also used to keep Massachusetts residents apprised of MOD’s initiatives, events, and activities. We have blogged about structural access, service animals, benefits, disability history, web accessibility and more. We have designed a survey to find out how we can continue to be an interesting and reliable source of disability related information.
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Tax Filing Information for Persons with Disabilities in Massachusetts posted on Mar 20
The deadline for filing 2016 taxes is Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 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 to persons with disabilities. This post aims to provide an overview of various supports and benefits available when it comes to filing income taxes.
2017 Call for Art & Exhibition: “Breaking Barriers” Hosted by Massachusetts Office on Disability is Underway! posted on Feb 3
The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2017 Call for Art and juried art exhibition. We are calling on talented Massachusetts residents of all abilities to submit an original work which captures the theme of “Breaking Barriers.” Selected entries will be displayed at a public exhibition in late 2017 (date to be determined) and in an online gallery.
Requirements for Compliant Ramp Slopes Under ADA Design Standards and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations posted on Dec 27
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).