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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.

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.

April is Autism Awareness Month in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 21

April is Autism Awareness Month under Massachusetts General law. The prevalence of Autism today in the United States is one in every 68 children, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). That is more than double the prevalence in 2002, of one in every 150 children. April is dedicated to raising awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is estimated to be the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States by both CDC and Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM).

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.

Massachusetts Office on Disability Hitting the Road This Summer Posted on Jul 8

Massachusetts Office on Disability Hitting the Road This Summer

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is taking their services “On the Road” to provide trainings and interact with constituents in the Pittsfield and Springfield areas on July 26th and 27th, 2016. “We want to be sure that we get out and interact with as   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office on Disability Hitting the Road This Summer

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.