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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.

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!

Accessible Polling Places Posted on Oct 3

Accessible Polling Places

In this important election season, it is timely to consider polling place accessibility for persons with disabilities. Throughout the years, our office has received calls from the public regarding polling place accessibility and has worked to remove barriers. Some of the more common issues have   …Continue Reading Accessible Polling Places

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.

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.

Massachusetts Office on Disability Intern Experience: Victoria Russo Posted on Aug 31

Massachusetts Office on Disability Intern Experience: Victoria Russo

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) has provided me with an internship experience that is incomparable to any other, and I am extremely grateful to have worked alongside individuals who are so committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities. As a student at Simmons College enrolled in a Master’s program for special education, I am required to complete field work or an internship placement designed to expand and apply knowledge obtained in the classroom.

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.

Save the Date: Massachusetts Office on Disability 2016 Summit on Employment Posted on Jul 14

Save the Date: Massachusetts Office on Disability 2016 Summit on Employment

Planning is well underway for the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) second annual Summit. As MOD’s largest public event of the year, the Summit is an opportunity to host and facilitate a meeting of opinion leaders and agenda setters from the disability community. We expect guests   …Continue Reading Save the Date: Massachusetts Office on Disability 2016 Summit on Employment