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5 Ways to Improve Event Accessibility Posted on May 25

5 Ways to Improve Event Accessibility

Participation in civic and social events is an important part of community life. Public and private entities with obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have an obligation to ensure that events and meetings open to the public are accessible to anyone who may want to attend. Here we outline a few basic steps entities can take to improve access.

Aging and Disability in New England Posted on Feb 25

Aging and Disability in New England

A study to identify the profile of people with disabilities in New England reveals that New England has the largest percentage of Baby Boomers in the United States. This and other findings are highlighted in the slideshow, ‘Aging, Disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act’ and a research report, ‘An Examination of Disability in New England: A Demographic Study’ (2018)’ both by the New England ADA Center.

Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017 Posted on Dec 14

Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017

National Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) was established by the White House in 1999 with fewer than three-dozen participants as part of an effort to increase awareness of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In celebration of NDEAM this past October, the Massachusetts Office on Disability   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017

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.

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…

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 Teaches Independence College Course with Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council Posted on Jun 6

Massachusetts Office on Disability Teaches Independence College Course with Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

The Massachusetts Development Disabilities Council (MDDC) is an independent, federally funded organization whose mission is to promote independence and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities in all areas of life.  Every five years, the Council submits a state plan to address the most important issues   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office on Disability Teaches Independence College Course with Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access Posted on Feb 22

Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access

This post gives an overview of the obligations that residents, businesses, and municipalities have to remove snow for sidewalk access.