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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.

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.

Happy Birthday Americans with Disabilities Act Posted on Jul 26

Happy Birthday Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. Now, 26 years after its passage, we wanted to provide an overview of the ADA and some of the more notable modifications made throughout the history of this groundbreaking law.

Fragile X Awareness Day Posted on Jul 22

Fragile X Awareness Day

July 22nd is Fragile X Awareness Day in Massachusetts General Law. Accordingly, Governor Baker has issued a Proclamation.

Phenylketonuria Awareness Day is May 24th Posted on May 24

Massachusetts General Law recognizes May 24th as Phenylketonuria Awareness day. Accordingly, Governor Baker has issued a Proclamation for Phenylketonuria Awareness Day 2016.

Governor Baker Issues Proclamation for Special Needs Awareness Day May 23rd Posted on May 23

Governor Baker Issues Proclamation for Special Needs Awareness Day May 23rd

Massachusetts General Law sets apart May 23rd as “Special Needs Awareness Day.” Accordingly, Governor Baker has issued a Proclamation for Special Needs Awareness Day, 2016. The Proclamation reads: A Proclamation Whereas The term “special needs” is used in the context of elementary and secondary education,   …Continue Reading Governor Baker Issues Proclamation for Special Needs Awareness Day May 23rd