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  • blue logo - September 15, 2017 – State House Boston, MOD Summit 2017. Topic: Employment Opportunity.

    2017 Disability Summit: Employment Opportunities

    2017 Disability Summit: Employment Opportunities

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  • Call for Art and Juried Exhibition

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    MOD's New Logo

    MOD's Newly Designed Logo.

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    Contact Us Online

    Try our new way to contact us... An easy on-line form!

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  • MOD Newsletter

    Check out MOD's Quarterly Newsletter!

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    Personal Emergency Preparedness Program

    Backpack and supplies given to persons with disabilities attending our Personal Emergency Preparedness Program.

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    MOD Publications

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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.

2017 Massachusetts Disability Summit

blue logo - September 15, 2017 – State House Boston, MOD Summit 2017. Topic: Employment Opportunity.



MOD is hosting our third annual Massachusetts Disability Summit: The Topic is Employment Opportunity. For more information, updates, and registration information for this event, please follow the link: Disability Summit Information  This event is free and open to the public.

Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD), is pleased to announce the Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program application and selection process.  Eligible applicants include any Massachusetts city, town, special purpose district and/or regional governmental organization.  These grants will support capital improvements specifically dedicated to improving programmatic access and/or removing barriers encountered by persons with disabilities in Applicant facilities throughout the Commonwealth.  Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to successful Applicants to remove barriers and create and improve accessible features and programmatic access for persons with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth. Additional information can be found on our dedicated webpage at

Call for Art and Juried Art Exhibition

Collage of artworks: canvas by artist Pops Peterson, “Freedom from Shame,” portrays a sports hero, a hockey player with left arm ending at the elbow, in his moment of glory. After winning big at a hockey match, a teammate pours champagne over his head in celebration; color illustration of a creature in a bathtub wearing a snorkeling mask; colorful marker painting of woman; black and white photo of woman with violin. Text: MOD. Call for Art. "Breaking Barriers." 2017. Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Submit your artwork! The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is now accepting submissions for our 2017 Call for Art and juried art exhibition. We are calling on talented Massachusetts residents of all abilities to submit their original artwork. 

Selected entries will be displayed at a public exhibition at the Massachusetts State House in late 2017 and in an online gallery.

A central purpose in holding this exhibition is to showcase the talent of our Commonwealth residents and to present works to the public that will raise awareness of and challenge the barriers and stigma that persons with disabilities may encounter.

Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Follow this link for more details:  Help spread the word by downloading our Call for Art Flyer!  Download it HERE pdf format of 2017 Call to Art Poster

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