The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) was created in 1981 under M.G.L. Chapter 6 Section 185.  The primary mission of MOD is to ensure the full and equal participation of all people with disabilities in all aspects of life by working to advance legal rights, maximum opportunities, supportive services, accommodations and accessibility in a manner that fosters dignity and self determination. It is the state advocacy agency that serves people with disabilities of all ages.

How Can the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) Help Me?

MOD focuses on the following four areas that can assist customers with all different types of issues.

Government Compliance

Government Services Program
MOD frequently assists communities, businesses and advocates; either through plan review or on-site visits, to ensure compliance with the various building requirements specific to persons with disabilities.  If you are interested in this free service, please reach out to Jeffrey L. Dougan at (800) 322-2020 or email Jeffrey at

  • MOD Role as AAB Board Member
  • Technical Assistance on Compliance with the various codes
    • Massachusetts Architectural Access Board
    • Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Standards
    • Fair Housing
    • Public Rights of Way Guidelines
  • Architectural Review/Site Visits

State and Federal Accessibility Codes


Section 504 of the Rehab Act

Mass General Laws chapter 151b

Executive Orders 351 txt format of EO 351-1993, MA Reg. #707
, 352 txt format of EO 352-1993, MA Reg. #707
, and 526 pdf format of Executive Order 526 (Mass. Register # 1177)

FHA, Fair Housing