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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.

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Four: 1990-Present Posted on Oct 23

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Four: 1990-Present

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to present our month-long blog series that will provide a brief history of significant disability policies, developments, and figures in the United States and Massachusetts throughout the past two centuries. Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section 15LLLLL, the month   …Continue Reading Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Four: 1990-Present

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Three: 1960-1990 Posted on Oct 16

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Three: 1960-1990

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to present our month-long blog series that will provide a brief history of significant disability policies, developments, and figures in the United States and Massachusetts throughout the past two centuries. Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section 15LLLLL, the month of October commemorates Disability History Month. Welcome to Part Three: 1960-1990. The 1960s saw the emergence of the disability rights movement in America. The following decades brought the Independent Living movement and protests against discrimination in the form of physical and social barriers. The tireless efforts of disability rights advocates over those several decades would culminate in the passage of the most comprehensive civil rights law for persons with disabilities in history. Further, many of Massachusetts’ important agencies serving the disability community, including MOD were founded over this period.

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Two: 1900-1960 Posted on Oct 9

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part Two: 1900-1960

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to present our month-long blog series that will provide a brief history of significant disability policies, developments, and figures in the United States and Massachusetts throughout the past two centuries. Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section 15LLLLL, the month of October commemorates Disability History Month.
Welcome to Part Two: 1900-1960. The first half of the 20th century brought the devastation of two World Wars which sent many Americans home with permanent disabilities. The unprecedented U.S. polio epidemics would leave countless more individuals with disabling conditions, many of whom would go on to lead the disability rights movement. Massachusetts was home to many important “firsts” in disability history during this time. The period also brought advancements in science and medicine as well as social programs and policies to support people with disabilities but a long road lay ahead in terms of equal access, societal attitudes towards disability and quality of life for persons with disabilities.

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part One: 1776-1900 Posted on Oct 2

Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part One: 1776-1900

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to present our month-long blog series that will provide a brief history of significant disability policies, developments, and figures in the United States and Massachusetts throughout the past two centuries. Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section   …Continue Reading Honoring Disability History Month in October: Part One: 1776-1900