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Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day in Massachusetts posted on Feb 14

February 14th is recognized as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day under Massachusetts General law. The primary purpose of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day is to raise awareness of Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) which, according to the American Heart Association, is the most common birth defect, affecting more than 40,000 babies born in the United States each year.

Tax Incentives for Employers and Businesses for Creating Disability Access

Tax Incentives for Employers and Businesses for Creating Disability Access posted on Feb 6

Attention businesses and employers: Did you know there are tax credits and deductions available to employ persons with disabilities and to make accessibility improvements?

The vast majority of businesses and employers have distinct obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal employment opportunities and to remove accessibility barriers for persons with disabilities. Not only are Americans with disabilities contributing members of the workforce and valuable customers, but there are also incentives in the form of tax credits and deductions for meeting ADA obligations.

Tax Filing Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts

Tax Filing Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts posted on Feb 1

The deadline for filing 2017 taxes is Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 for Massachusetts residents. MOD usually receives calls at this time of year from individuals requesting information on obtaining assistance with preparing their taxes and also on deductions and credits that apply to individuals with disabilities. This post aims to provide an overview of various resources available when it comes to filing income taxes.

Service Animals: Frequently Asked Questions

Service Animals: Frequently Asked Questions posted on Jan 4

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.

MOD FY 16 & 17 Report Available

MOD FY 16 & 17 Report Available posted on Dec 15

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

Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017

Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017 posted on Dec 14

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   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017

2017 “Breaking Barriers” Art Exhibit Highlights posted on Dec 4

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) hosted the “Breaking Barriers” Art Exhibit at the State House from 11/14–24. The exhibit featured 23 pieces of original artwork by Massachusetts residents all over the state. The purpose of the exhibit was not only to showcase Massachusetts talent, but also to raise awareness of how persons with disabilities break barriers and overcome stigma.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Penalties for Disability Parking Fraud and Abuse

Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Penalties for Disability Parking Fraud and Abuse posted on Dec 1

On Monday November 27th 2017 Governor Charlie Baker ceremonially signed into law new legislation that increases the current penalties for fraudulent use of disability parking credentials. Joined by members of the Senate, House, Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Inspector General, as well as representatives from the Massachusetts Office on Disability, the new legislation aims to protect those who truly need accessible parking.

“Breaking Barriers” Art Exhibit Gallery and Audio Description posted on Nov 8

Below each row is a media player of audio descriptions of each image in that row. Click on an image to enlarge and for more information.

Massachusetts Office on Disability Art Exhibit: "Breaking Barriers"

Massachusetts Office on Disability Art Exhibit: “Breaking Barriers” posted on Sep 28

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) asked the public to submit original artwork that depicts the theme of “Breaking Barriers” and received dozens of amazing entries from talented individuals across the Commonwealth. View a gallery of the featured artwork.