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Internship Opportunities Available with Massachusetts Office on Disability posted on Aug 14

Internship Opportunities Available!

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is seeking fall interns to take part in our Internship Program. We have various openings available for students interested in the following areas:

Government
Law
Communications
Event planning
Research

Governor Baker Proclaims August 2017 #AbleToSave Month

Governor Baker Proclaims August 2017 #AbleToSave Month posted on Aug 4

Massachusetts recently launched the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program which allows millions of individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt ABLE account without risking losing their federal disability benefits. In order to spread awareness of this groundbreaking program, Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed August 2017 “#AbleToSave Month. Read the proclamation here…

Deadline August 1st: MOD Call for Art "Breaking Barriers"

Deadline August 1st: MOD Call for Art “Breaking Barriers” posted on Jul 25

The deadline to enter the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) 2017 Call for Art and juried art exhibition is one week from today! Submission deadline is August 1, 2017. Please submit a photo of your original artwork online by midnight on August 1, 2017 for a chance to see your work displayed at a public exhibition at the Massachusetts State House in November 2017 and in an online gallery. The theme of the exhibition to spark your creativity is “Breaking Barriers.”

Frequently Asked Questions: Housing Resources in Massachusetts

Frequently Asked Questions: Housing Resources in Massachusetts posted on Jul 11

The Massachusetts Office on Disability serves as a resource for technical assistance. We often get calls about housing and wanted to take this opportunity to discuss frequently asked questions.

Miniature Horses as Service Animals Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Miniature Horses as Service Animals Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) posted on Jun 28

This post is part of our series on animals that assist individuals with disabilities and will attempt to clarify the status of miniature horses as a service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA definition of service animal is limited to dogs.   …Continue Reading Miniature Horses as Service Animals Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Emergency Preparedness Program Updates

Emergency Preparedness Program Updates posted on Jun 21

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) Personal Emergency Preparedness (ER) Training program has made several new updates.

Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws Training Offerings by Massachusetts Office on Disability

Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws Training Offerings by Massachusetts Office on Disability posted on May 23

Are you a state agency, municipal government, employer or business? If so, you have important obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar Massachusetts laws to your employees, customers, visitors, and the general public who are persons with disabilities. MOD can help to provide training for you and your staff these requirements.

Education goes a long way in avoiding violations that can result in lengthy and costly consequences for your organization. Further, compliance with the ADA and similar laws ensures that persons with disabilities who are qualified employees, valued customers, and members of our communities have equal access to the programs, services, and opportunities available to everyone else.

Frequently Asked Questions: Disability Benefits in Massachusetts

Frequently Asked Questions: Disability Benefits in Massachusetts posted on May 16

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) provides general information on benefits and resources available to individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth. MOD does not administer any benefit programs, but this post addresses common questions we receive regarding such programs.

New Process to Contact Massachusetts Office on Disability

New Process to Contact Massachusetts Office on Disability posted on May 9

MOD provides information, technical assistance, training, and advocacy. MOD does not provide disability benefits or emergency services. MOD answers questions regarding disability rights, access & resources.

Due to recent changes, MOD will no longer have the ability to provide walk-in meetings. Most of the services MOD offers can be provided over the phone or through email.

If you visit MOD’s office and do not have an appointment with a staff member, you will be asked to complete a brief form with your contact information and a staff member will follow up with you shortly.

Assistance Animals: Rights Under Fair Housing Laws

Assistance Animals: Rights Under Fair Housing Laws posted on May 2

This post is part of our series on animals that assist individuals with disabilities. Housing providers may be obligated to modify their “not pets” policies to allow a resident to keep an animal that does not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of “service animal” because of the borader definition of “assistance animal” used in such laws. This post will clarify the status of other types of animals that may assist individuals with disabilities, such as emotional support/companion animals, and their place in Fair Housing laws.