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Virtual Open House

Friday, December 3, 2021
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Overview of Virtual Open House

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind 2nd Annual Virtual Open House

In Recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

“Accessibility Standards & the ADA"


Friday, December 3, 2021

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET


Zoom Info:

Meeting ID: 890 4596 9000

Passcode: 12321


Phone: 1-646-558-8656

Meeting ID: 890 4596 9000

Passcode: 12321


The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) Region 3 (Northeast) Team and Regional Advisory Council (RAC) cordially invite you to a “Virtual Open House” on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET in recognition of Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) and the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event will highlight Title III (Public Accommodations): Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities.

The purpose of the Virtual Open House is to increase public awareness and acceptance of individuals with disabilities but also showcase MCB’s ability to provide uninterrupted quality services for 115 years to an estimated 26,000 individuals who are blind and visually impaired in the Commonwealth. The event is an opportunity for MCB staff to celebrate accessibility with community partners and individuals they serve.

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request by November 19, 2021 to Kamilia Drogosz, MCB ADA Coordinator, by email at or by phone at 617-279-3332. Requests made after November 19th will be considered but may not be possible to fill. Please inform Kamilia if you will need American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and/or Communication Access Real Time Transcription (CART) services at the event.

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Welcome Address

Thelma Williams, MCB Northeast Regional Director (Region 3)


Jay Rufo, MCB MetroWest Regional Director (Region 4)

Carla Kath, MCB Director of Communications

Commissioner’s Remarks

MCB Commissioner David D’Arcangelo

Regional Advisory Committee Remarks

Kayla Bentas

Special Guest Remarks

Elizabeth Denniston, EOHHS Undersecretary for Human Services

Poll Questions

Keynote Speaker

Julia O’Leary, J.D. General Counsel, MA Office on Disability


Ursula Santone

Brenda Clark

Special Remarks

Salmaan Kapadia, Board President, Lowell Association for the Blind

Musical Selection

Tina Luce, Region 3 RAC Member

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Michael Festa, State Director, AARP


Peter Farkas, Executive Director, MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board

Mary Mahon-McCauley, Executive Director, MA Office on Disability

Rachel H. Tanenhaus, MPH ADA Coordinator/Executive Director, Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities

Lisa Orgettas, Executive Director, Disability Resource Center

Q & A Session w/ Keynote Speaker & Panelists

Poetry Reading


Elaine Aufiero

George Kamara

Sindy Argueta

Poll Question

Closing Remarks

Elizabeth Cannon, Executive Director, Lowell Association for the Blind