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Tax Filing Information for Persons with Disabilities in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 20

Tax Filing Information for Persons with Disabilities in Massachusetts

The deadline for filing 2016 taxes is Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 for Massachusetts residents. MOD usually receives calls this time of year from individuals requesting information on obtaining assistance with preparing their taxes and also on deductions and credits that apply to persons with disabilities. This post aims to provide an overview of various supports and benefits available when it comes to filing income taxes.

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 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 and New England ADA Center to Co-Host Americans with Disabilities Act Trainings Posted on May 31

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to partner with the New England ADA Center (NEADA Center) to offer two free public trainings this summer: What’s New with the ADA in 2016: State and Local Government (Morning) and Employment (Afternoon). These two trainings are   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office on Disability and New England ADA Center to Co-Host Americans with Disabilities Act Trainings

Special Needs Awareness Day is May 23rd Posted on May 22

Special Needs Awareness Day is May 23rd

Massachusetts General Law recognizes May 23rd as “Special Needs Awareness Day.” The term “special needs” has evolved over the years and has various definitions. Today the term is commonly used to refer to children of any age with disabilities and in the context of elementary and secondary education to refer to school-aged children and young adults who have individualized needs resulting from a wide variety of disabilities. There are various supports available to individuals with special needs at various stages of life in Massachusetts.

Income Tax Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 12

Income Tax Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts

Welcome to “Tax Season.” The deadline for filing 2015 taxes is Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 for Massachusetts residents. MOD usually receives calls this time of year from individuals requesting information on obtaining assistance with preparing their taxes and also on deductions and credits that apply   …Continue Reading Income Tax Information for Individuals with Disabilities in Massachusetts

Long Term Support Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Massachusetts: Part Two: Residential Care and Supportive Housing Posted on Aug 18

MOD hears from many people with disabilities and their family members who want to know what options there are for individuals who either need help to live at home or in a residential setting. We thought it would be helpful to lay out and describe the all the major options in one place to make it easier to compare and navigate the various programs. This is Part Two of a two-part blog series on long-term home care and supported living programs for seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

Long Term Support Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Massachusetts: Part One: Home Care Options in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 13

Long Term Support Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Massachusetts: Part One: Home Care Options in Massachusetts

MOD hears from many people with disabilities and their family members who want to know what options exist for those who either need help to live at home or are seeking residential care. We thought it would be helpful to lay out and describe most of the major options in one place to make it easier to compare and navigate the various programs. This is Part One of a two-part blog series on long-term home care and residential care programs for seniors and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. Part One will focus on Home Care options for people who need services to help them live at home and in their communities.