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2015 Summit

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 to include state officials, agency heads, senior staff of disability organizations, representatives from major employers in the Commonwealth, elected officials, advocates and members of the disability community and their families.

This year’s Summit theme is Employment.  We have confirmed speakers from American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., Dahlia Shaewitz and Dr. Michelle Yin, to deliver their presentation: The New Workforce: A Look at Policy and Employment for People with Disabilities:

A number of Federal policies have attempted to address employment issues for people with disabilities. However, the rates of employment for this population haven’t improved. As the economy has recovered since the Great Recession, employment rates have not improved for people with disabilities.  This presentation will discuss some of the data on employment and education challenges of people with disabilities, and suggests areas for policy focus. In addition, presenters will provide a sneak peek at their next research brief on the disability market and discretionary income for this population.

Part II of the Summit will feature a panel of representatives from leading Massachusetts employers including State Street Corporation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  Panelists will discuss the importance to business for including people with disabilities in their work places. The panel will share the programs, practices and initiatives they have implemented within their companies to make them successful. The panel will be moderated by Kathy Petkauskos, Director of Work Without Limits, a statewide network of engaged employers and innovative, collaborative partners that aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.

The Summit will also feature a live performance, presentation of the Thomas P. Hopkins Access Award, and continental breakfast.

The Summit has been planned to coincide with the 2016 Abilities Expo, a free disability expo that is also held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center where MOD will be an exhibitor. Guests who RSVP to the Summit in advance will be pre-registered for the Expo as well.

Summit 2016 is supported by and made possible via the New England ADA Center to which MOD is the State Affiliate. Admission is free and open to the public. Register today!

Date: September 16, 2016

Time: Registration at 8:30AM

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210

RSVP & accommodation requests:  Phone: 617-727-7440, Email:

This is a scent-free event.


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