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).
When last we wrote on this topic in spring of 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) was set to issue proposed regulations on web information and services for state and local governments. In a turn of events, the DOJ instead issued a rare Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) in “order to solicit public comment on various issues relating to the potential application of such technical requirements to the websites of Title II entities and to obtain information for preparing a regulatory impact analysis.”
The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) 2016 Disability Summit on Employment was held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
The morning opened with a networking breakfast buffet. Welcome and introductions were given by David D’Arcangelo, Director of MOD, who served as the event emcee. David also gave a presentation of MOD’s “Year in Review,” sharing new initiatives, programs, and activities since the previous year’s Summit. David also announced that in the last year, MOD staff have delivered 76 trainings reaching 2,053 people, conducted 196 public awareness activities reaching 5,117 people, and handled 3,446 intakes in MOD’s Client Services Unit.
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.
The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) has provided me with an internship experience that is incomparable to any other, and I am extremely grateful to have worked alongside individuals who are so committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities. As a student at Simmons College enrolled in a Master’s program for special education, I am required to complete field work or an internship placement designed to expand and apply knowledge obtained in the classroom.
July 22nd is Fragile X Awareness Day in Massachusetts General Law. Accordingly, Governor Baker has issued a Proclamation.
Planning is well underway for the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) second annual Summit. As MOD’s largest public event of the year, the Summit is an opportunity to host and facilitate a meeting of opinion leaders and agenda setters from the disability community. We expect guests …Continue Reading Save the Date: Massachusetts Office on Disability 2016 Summit on Employment
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
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
Governor Charlie Baker has issued a proclamation setting apart the month of April as Autism Awareness Month. The proclamation reads: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker Whereas Autism Spectrum Disorder is the result of a neurological disorder that …Continue Reading Governor Baker Issues Proclamation for Autism Awareness Month