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Yearly Archives: 2017

Requirements for Accessible Saunas and Steam Rooms: Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations Posted on Dec 29

Requirements for Accessible Saunas and Steam Rooms: Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations

Saunas and steam rooms found at spas, health clubs, and other areas are used for a variety of reasons including health, stress relief, and relaxation. To understand the accessibility requirements for saunas and steam rooms, we need to look at the 1991 and 2010 ADA Design Standards (ADADS) and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s rules and regulations (MAAB) to determine the applicability and the most stringent requirement.

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.

Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017 Posted on Dec 14

Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017

National Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) was established by the White House in 1999 with fewer than three-dozen participants as part of an effort to increase awareness of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In celebration of NDEAM this past October, the Massachusetts Office on Disability   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Disability Mentoring Week 2017

2017 “Breaking Barriers” Art Exhibit Highlights Posted on Dec 4

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) hosted the “Breaking Barriers” Art Exhibit at the State House from 11/14–24. The exhibit featured 23 pieces of original artwork by Massachusetts residents all over the state. The purpose of the exhibit was not only to showcase Massachusetts talent, but also to raise awareness of how persons with disabilities break barriers and overcome stigma.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Penalties for Disability Parking Fraud and Abuse Posted on Dec 1

Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Penalties for Disability Parking Fraud and Abuse

On Monday November 27th 2017 Governor Charlie Baker ceremonially signed into law new legislation that increases the current penalties for fraudulent use of disability parking credentials. Joined by members of the Senate, House, Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Inspector General, as well as representatives from the Massachusetts Office on Disability, the new legislation aims to protect those who truly need accessible parking.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3 Posted on Dec 1

International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3

Every year, the UN chooses a different theme each year to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society around the world. This year the theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.”

“Breaking Barriers” Art Exhibit Gallery and Audio Description Posted on Nov 8

Below each row is a media player of audio descriptions of each image in that row. Click on an image to enlarge and for more information.

Employers & Employees Encouraged to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month Posted on Oct 4

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and employers and employees across the Commonwealth are encouraged to participate.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as the largest employer in the state, is endeavoring to build awareness and increase education about disability employment issues.  We also celebrate   …Continue Reading Employers & Employees Encouraged to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Massachusetts Office on Disability Art Exhibit: “Breaking Barriers” Posted on Sep 28

Massachusetts Office on Disability Art Exhibit: "Breaking Barriers"

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) asked the public to submit original artwork that depicts the theme of “Breaking Barriers” and received dozens of amazing entries from talented individuals across the Commonwealth. View a gallery of the featured artwork.

Massachusetts Office on Disability Holds 2017 Summit Posted on Sep 27

Massachusetts Office on Disability Holds 2017 Summit

On Friday, September 15, 2017 the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) was joined by nearly 300 guests representing various sectors of the community for the agency’s third annual Summit. Held in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House, Boston, the theme of this year’s   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office on Disability Holds 2017 Summit