Year In Review
July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007
Return on Investment in Massachusetts
3,829 citizens with disabilities have been successfully placed into employment based on their choices, interests, needs and skills.
The earnings of these rehabilitated employees in MA in the first year were $70.5 million.
Savings from the SSI and DI Trust Funds from people rehabilitated in MA were $12 million.
Average Hourly Wage: $12.50
Average Work Hours Weekly: 28.3
*The returns to society based on increases in lifetime earnings range from $14 to $18 for each $1 invested in the MRC Vocational Rehabilitation program.
*$5 are returned to the government in the form of increased taxes and reduced public assistance payments for every $1 invested in the MRC Vocational Rehabilitation program.
*Based on 2004 Commonwealth Corporation Study.
Who Are Our Consumers?
- Psychiatric Disabilities 36.6%
- Substance Abuse 13.7%
- Orthopedic Disabilities 9.9%
- Learning Disabilities 14.3%
- Mental Retardation 4.5%
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing 5.2%
- Neurological Disabilities 4.4%
- Traumatic Brain Injury 3.2%
- Other Disabilities 8.3%
Average Age 37
Female 46.2 %
Native American .6%
Facts At A Glance
- Consumers actively receiving services 15,766
- Consumers enrolled in training/education programs 11,183
- Consumers with significant disabilities employed 3,829
- Consumers employed with medical insurance 92.3%
- Consumers satisfied with services 80.3%
What MRC Consumers Have To Say
- "From the start my counselor made it clear to me that she was there to help me and she did just that. I've had a great deal of satisfaction and support from her, in working on going back to work and making the decision toward an auction and antiques business. My counselor is a credit and example of what you'd like a counselor to be."- A.R.
- "Gentle guidance from MRC has helped me to live to my potential. I have put myself through school, gotten off state SSI benefits, become gainfully employed by the best employer and law firms around. I am truly a success story and MRC has played a part of helping me be all I can be." -W.B.
- "You made me feel useful again!" - M. S.
- "MRC's focus on the well being of the client is so refreshing for a person with a disability. MRC gives a person with a disability an aura of accepting themselves as they are and not as they feel they should appear to society or to themselves. MRC accepts the person with a disability and gives them the educational opportunity to accept themselves as whole, capable, people." - S. L.
- "MRC gave me the chance to prove to myself and others that a disability is only as limiting as one makes it. If you want to reach for the stars you can reach them."-C.C.
- "I received services from MRC for several years. My counselor was very helpful and supportive. I was able to get a tuition wavier and attend community college part-time. My counselor helped me with my resume and job search. I received my business degree and am working doing accounts payable. I am very grateful for all the services that were available to me and the wonderful counselor who helped me through the years." - E. P.
Charles Carr, Commissioner
Welcome to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
"The goal of our services is to promote dignity through employment and community living, one person at a time. We hope that all citizens with disabilities in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to contribute as a productive member of their community and family as a result of services provided by the MRC."
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.