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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.

Accessible Recreational Boating Facilities Posted on Sep 28

Accessible Recreational Boating Facilities

This post will address accessibility standards for Recreational Boating Facilities. Specifically, the requirements under the 2010 ADA Design Standards (2010 Standards) with regards to the access that is required to the various slips and boating amenities.

Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access Posted on Feb 22

Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access

This post gives an overview of the obligations that residents, businesses, and municipalities have to remove snow for sidewalk access.

Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots Posted on Dec 23

Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots

Accessible parking is essential to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in community life.  Availability of parking with accessible features allows persons with certain limitations to access businesses, schools, medical facilities, places of employment, etc. This post will discuss designated accessible, also known as “handicapped,” parking provisions   …Continue Reading Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots

Disability Parking Violations & Abuse: What You Can Do Posted on Sep 18

MOD often hears from concerned callers reporting violation of disability parking regulations asking what they can do to combat the problem.

Disability parking violation is certainly a serious issue that can take various forms. This post will outline some typical violations.

Automatic Door Openers: Required or Not Required? Posted on Sep 4

Automatic Door Openers: Required or Not Required?

As MOD’s Assistant Director of Community Services, I wanted to spend some time discussing automatic door openers. This is a very common topic that I get asked about. To paraphrase Shakespeare, “Are automatic door openers required or not required at entrances?”

Federal Highway Administration Does Not Support “Dynamic” Symbol of Accessibility Posted on Jul 28

Federal Highway Administration Does Not Support “Dynamic” Symbol of Accessibility

A new, “dynamic” design featuring the image of a person with a disability actively engaged in forward motion has been proposed. Advocates for this symbol argue that the International Symbol is outdated, portraying people with disabilities as passive and dependent on wheelchairs. Although many places and institutions are already using the active symbol, no alternative to the International Symbol has been formally adopted. In May 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released an official interpretation of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) on alternative designs of the accessibility symbol.