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Scheduled Public Hearings

Notice for Public Hearings

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
Vocational Rehabilitation and State Supported Employment Programs

Two public hearings will be conducted prior to the submittal of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) State Plan to the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). MRC must submit a plan annually in order to receive federal funding for the Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Supported Employment Services Programs.

The dates and times for the hearings are as follows:

June 2, 2014  Site:   MRC Administrative Office
600 Washington Street,  Boston, MA. 02111
2nd floor Legal Library
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

June 10, 2014  Site:  Lawrence Public Library
51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA. 01841
Sergeant Auditorium
3:00 to 3:45 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Comments and suggestions are needed.

How can MRC:

  1. Improve the provision of vocational rehabilitation services?
  2. Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who get and keep jobs?
  3. Work more effectively with the Career Centers?
  4. Improve the quality and scope of Supported Employment?

MRC welcomes any comments and suggestions concerning its goals, accomplishments and services.

Individuals who intend to make an oral presentation at a public hearing: should:

  1. Prepare a written statement of comments in advance of the hearing;
  2. Make the presentation as concise as possible; and
  3. Submit a copy of the prepared statement to MRC personnel present at the hearing.

In presenting oral and/or written statements, all individuals should:

  1. Indicate their name, address and any organization they are representing;
  2. If known, identify each specific part of the plan on which comments are being made;
  3. Describe the concern with respect to the plan; and
  4. Stipulate the recommended action to be taken.

Individuals who are unable to attend may submit written comments or give oral telephone testimony by writing or by calling the telephone numbers noted below:

MRC Policy and Planning Department
600 Washington Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02211
(617) 204-3708 or 1-800-245-6543 (Voice/TDD)

Copies of the current State Plan can be accessed on the MRC public website at

For additional copies, individuals can call or write to Teresa Walsh at the above number and address. Emails can be sent to

All comments and suggestions must be received by June 20, 2014.                     

If reasonable accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act are needed to attend one of the public hearings, an individual would need to contact the MRC Administrative Office at (617) 204-3708 with his or her request prior to attending.

Public Notice

504 ADA Non-Discrimination Public Notice pdf format of    Non-Discrimination Policy

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission advises its employees and the public that it does not discriminate on the basis of a person's disability in employment or in access to its programs, services, and activities.   

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission advises its employees and the public that it does not discriminate on the basis of a person's disability in employment or in access to its programs, services, and activities.   


Scheduled Open Meetings

State Rehabilitation Council Open Meetings                                                                                                         

  • SRC Executive Committee Meeting is scheduled as follows:

    DATE:              May 9, 2014
    TIME:              10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
    LOCATION:    MRC (AO Offices)

    600 Washington Street Second Floor
    Second Floor Managers Conference Room
    Boston, MA 02111

    If you need transportation please make your request by, April 28, 2014. Please RSVP by April 28, 2014. If you need further assistance or reasonable accommodations please feel free to contact Emeka Nwokeji at (617)204-3665. 

  • Unserved/Underserved Populations Committee Meeting has been scheduled as follows
    DATE:            Thursday, April 10, 2014
    TIME:              1PM-3PM
    LOCATION:   Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
    600 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111 
    Second Floor Managers Conference Room

    Please RSVP by 4/9/2014 contact Elaine McHugh, at or (617) 204 – 3665
    Please have transportation requests in by 4/9/2014 contact Theresa Casey at or 617-204-3799.
    Welcome and introductions
    Approve minutes from previous meeting.
    Summaries of State Plan additions 
    Artists Beyond Challenges
    Travel Trainer Presentation
    Chair Expectations
    Next committee meeting date

  • SRC Nominations and By-Law Committee Meeting

DATE:                 April 11, 2014
TIME:                 10:00 am-12:00 noon
LOCATION:        Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission 
600 Washington Street Second Floor
Hayward Conference Room
Boston, MA 02111

Please RSVP your attendance by 4/8/14.  If you need further assistance, and other reasonable accommodations, please feel free to contact Emeka Nwokeji at (617) 204-3665. 
Approval of meeting minutes of February 24, 2014
Update new appointments
Review Committee solicitation letter
Set dateline for nomination slate
Next meeting date

  •  VR Needs Assessment Committee Meeting

DATE:            Thursday April 24, 2014 
TIME:              1:00 PM –3:00 PM 
LOCATION:   Mass. Rehab. Commission
600 Washington Street 
Room 2092 & 2093 Second Floor Conference Room, Boston, MA 02111     

If you need further assistance or to RSVP, please feel free to contact Emeka Nwokeji 617-204-3664 or 
Transportation requests must be in by April 17, 2014

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.