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Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2018 Posted on May 29

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and the Human Resources Division (HRD) are partnering to host a second annual “Disability Mentoring Week (DMW),” a chance for people with disabilities to access and explore career development opportunities within state government. During DMW, mentees with disabilities are matched with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests. Mentees participate in a career exploration experience and make connections with mentors and other personnel. Employers gain increased awareness and understanding of how people with disabilities can be involved in their candidate recruitment processes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”