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2018 Disability Placard Abuse Prevention Week Begins This Weekend Posted on May 4

2018 Disability Placard Abuse Prevention Week Begins This Weekend

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is once again inviting all police departments to participate in a Placard Abuse Prevention Week beginning this weekend. The RMV participates on a disability parking abuse task force charged with exploring and implementing ways to reduce instances of disabled parking placard abuse across the Commonwealth.

Lupus Awareness Month Posted on Feb 21

Massachusetts General Law recognizes May as Lupus Awareness Month. Although Lupus affects approximately 1.5 million Americans, challenges remain regarding awareness and accurate knowledge about the disease.

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.

April is Autism Awareness Month Posted on Feb 2

Massachusetts General Law dedicates April to raising awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is estimated to be the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Please share this post to help promote greater awareness and understanding of ASD and the resources that are available.

Service Animals: Frequently Asked Questions Posted on Jan 4

Service Animals: Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3 Posted on Dec 1

International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3

Every year, the UN chooses a different theme each year to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society around the world. This year the theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.”

“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.

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"

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.