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Emergency Preparedness Program Updates Posted on Jun 21

Emergency Preparedness Program Updates

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 Posted on May 23

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

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.

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

New Process to Contact Massachusetts Office on Disability

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.

Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act Grant Program Now Accepting Applications Posted on Apr 18

Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to announce the opening of the Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement Grant Program application and selection process. These grants will support capital improvements specifically dedicated to improving programmatic access for persons with disabilities.

Eligible applicants include any Massachusetts city, town, special purpose district and/or regional governmental organization. Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to successful applicants to remove barriers and to create and improve accessible features in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. Examples of eligible projects include the addition of features such as ramps, elevators, power lifts, signage, communication access devices, and curb cuts.

2017 Call for Art & Exhibition: “Breaking Barriers” Hosted by Massachusetts Office on Disability is Underway! Posted on Feb 3

2017 Call for Art & Exhibition: "Breaking Barriers" Hosted by Massachusetts Office on Disability is Underway!

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.

Updates on Web Accessibility Posted on Dec 15

Updates on Web Accessibility

When last we wrote on this topic in spring of 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) was set to issue proposed regulations on web information and services for state and local governments. In a turn of events, the DOJ instead issued a rare Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) in “order to solicit public comment on various issues relating to the potential application of such technical requirements to the websites of Title II entities and to obtain information for preparing a regulatory impact analysis.”

We Want Your Feedback: 2016 Blog Survey Posted on Oct 26

We Want Your Feedback: 2016 Blog Survey

We thought a survey would be a great way to find out from our readers how we can improve and continue to be a reliable source of information. Please take our brief, 5-question survey!

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 Goes “On the Road” in Western Mass Posted on Sep 21

Massachusetts Office on Disability Goes "On the Road" in Western Mass

Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) took its first road trip this past summer. Staff representing each unit within MOD traveled out to Western Mass for a series of trainings and outreach activities. Both staff and participants reported a positive experience.

Introducing DaLonn: Emergency Preparedness Training Coordinator Posted on Sep 21

Introducing DaLonn: Emergency Preparedness Training Coordinator

I am thrilled to have recently joined MOD as the Emergency Preparedness Training Coordinator, where I am focusing on providing Emergency Preparedness (E.R.) for persons with disabilities trainings throughout the Commonwealth.

What makes me qualified for this position? From a young age, I had to learn to adapt to any type of situation. I grew up in New Haven, CT and was one of nine children. I moved to Massachusetts twelve years ago and joined the A Better Chance program.