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Employers & Employees Encouraged to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month Posted on Oct 4

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and employers and employees across the Commonwealth are encouraged to participate.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as the largest employer in the state, is endeavoring to build awareness and increase education about disability employment issues.  We also celebrate   …Continue Reading Employers & Employees Encouraged to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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

Massachusetts Office on Disability Art Exhibit: "Breaking Barriers"

Early this year, 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.  MOD would like to thank all participants for submitting their   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office on Disability Art Exhibit: “Breaking Barriers”

Massachusetts Office on Disability Holds 2017 Summit Posted on Sep 27

Massachusetts Office on Disability Holds 2017 Summit

On Friday, September 15, 2017 the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) was joined by nearly 300 guests representing various sectors of the community for the agency’s third annual Summit. Held in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House, Boston, the theme of this year’s   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office on Disability Holds 2017 Summit

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

Governor Baker Proclaims August 2017 #AbleToSave Month

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” Posted on Jul 25

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

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.”

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.

April is Autism Awareness Month in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 21

April is Autism Awareness Month under Massachusetts General law. The prevalence of Autism today in the United States is one in every 68 children, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). That is more than double the prevalence in 2002, of one in every 150 children. April is dedicated to raising awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is estimated to be the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States by both CDC and Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM).

Governor Baker Issues Proclamation for Autism Awareness Month 2017 Posted on Apr 1

Governor Charlie Baker has issued a proclamation recognizing the month of April as Autism Awareness Month. The proclamation reads: A Proclamation Whereas Autism Spectrum Disorder is the result of a neurological disorder that can affect anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background; and   …Continue Reading Governor Baker Issues Proclamation for Autism Awareness Month 2017

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.

Independent Living Centers in Massachusetts Posted on Oct 1

Independent Living Centers in Massachusetts

The first Sunday in October is Independent Living Center Day under Massachusetts General Law. There are eleven Independent Living Centers located across the Commonwealth. ILCs generally provide four core services: information and referral, advocacy, independent living skills training, and peer counseling.