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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.

Tax Incentives for Employers and Businesses for Creating Disability Access Posted on Feb 6

Tax Incentives for Employers and Businesses for Creating Disability Access

Attention businesses and employers: Did you know there are tax credits and deductions available to employ persons with disabilities and to make accessibility improvements?

The vast majority of businesses and employers have distinct obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal employment opportunities and to remove accessibility barriers for persons with disabilities. Not only are Americans with disabilities contributing members of the workforce and valuable customers, but there are also incentives in the form of tax credits and deductions for meeting ADA obligations.

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.

Tax Filing Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 1

Tax Filing Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts

The deadline for filing 2017 taxes is Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 for Massachusetts residents. MOD usually receives calls at this time of year from individuals requesting information on obtaining assistance with preparing their taxes and also on deductions and credits that apply to individuals with disabilities. This post aims to provide an overview of various resources available when it comes to filing income taxes.

MOD FY 16 & 17 Report Available Posted on Dec 15

MOD FY 16 & 17 Report Available

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) has published a two year report covering Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions: Housing Resources in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 11

Frequently Asked Questions: Housing Resources in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office on Disability serves as a resource for technical assistance. We often get calls about housing and wanted to take this opportunity to discuss frequently asked questions.

Emergency Preparedness Program Updates Posted on Jun 21

Emergency Preparedness Program Updates

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) Personal Emergency Preparedness (ER) Training program has made several new updates.

Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws Training Offerings by Massachusetts Office on Disability Posted on May 23

Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws Training Offerings by Massachusetts Office on Disability

Are you a state agency, municipal government, employer or business? If so, you have important obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar Massachusetts laws to your employees, customers, visitors, and the general public who are persons with disabilities. MOD can help to provide training for you and your staff these requirements.

Education goes a long way in avoiding violations that can result in lengthy and costly consequences for your organization. Further, compliance with the ADA and similar laws ensures that persons with disabilities who are qualified employees, valued customers, and members of our communities have equal access to the programs, services, and opportunities available to everyone else.

Frequently Asked Questions: Disability Benefits in Massachusetts Posted on May 16

Frequently Asked Questions: Disability Benefits in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) provides general information on benefits and resources available to individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth. MOD does not administer any benefit programs, but this post addresses common questions we receive regarding such programs.

New Process to Contact Massachusetts Office on Disability Posted on May 9

New Process to Contact Massachusetts Office on Disability

MOD provides information, technical assistance, training, and advocacy. MOD does not provide disability benefits or emergency services. MOD answers questions regarding disability rights, access & resources.

Due to recent changes, MOD will no longer have the ability to provide walk-in meetings. Most of the services MOD offers can be provided over the phone or through email.

If you visit MOD’s office and do not have an appointment with a staff member, you will be asked to complete a brief form with your contact information and a staff member will follow up with you shortly.