Community Services Program Overview

The Community Services Program interacts with approximately 8,000 people per year through training and technical assistance to help ensure that people with disabilities learn of their rights and responsibilities and that state, local and private entities know how to comply with their non-discrimination responsibilities. This Unit developed and runs the nationally acclaimed and replicated Community Access Monitor (CAM) Program.

Community Access Monitor Program

Since the creation of the Community Access Monitor Project in 1985, approximately 12,000 people have been trained by the Massachusetts Office on Disability to survey buildings for accessibility and to advocate for compliance. Over 2,000 people have been certified as Community Access Monitors.

Emergency Preparedness

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is hosting meetings to bring together people with disabilities and local emergency preparedness professionals. The purpose of these meetings is to explore how to ensure that people with disabilities have the assistance they need in times of emergency.

Commissions on Disability

Commissions on Disability are established by vote of Town Meeting (in towns) or City Council (in cities) to promote the inclusion and integration of persons with disabilities in the activities, services and employment opportunities in the community. One of MOD's principle duties is to provide support and guidance for these commissions.