Find out about the regular training courses MOD runs to help professionals and community organizations understand disability rights and how to provide better support to people living with disabilities. MOD also hosts events both for the general public or for specific groups, all as part of our efforts to promote equal access and opportunity.
Disclosure in Employment Workshop Series
The Client Assistance Program is hosting a series of interactive workshop for jobseekers and employees:
- The Decision to Disclose
- Reasonable Accommodations in Employment
- Disability Discrimination in Employment
Learn more about Disability Disclosure in Employment Workshops.
LevelUP to Equality Quarterly Webinars
Starting 2021, MOD is hosting quarterly webinars to provide:
- updates on guidance, and
- a forum for discussion
for individuals and organizations who are focused on rights and access for people with disabilities at the local/municipal level, such as municipal employees, Commissions on Disability, Councils on Aging and individuals with disabilities concerned about access in their community.
Each LevelUP to Equality webinar will focus on a selection of topics related to disability rights and barrier removal under the umbrella of Federal and State civil rights obligations.
Details of upcoming LevelUP to Equality webinars (and links to register, once available) can be found in the list of upcoming events at the bottom of the MOD landing page. Note that registration is required to receive the webinar link.
Work Experience Program
The Work Experience Program is a collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and the Human Resources Division (HRD) to introduce job-ready candidates with disabilities to the world of state government.
This program provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to get real-world exposure to a work experience in state government. Host agencies have the opportunity to meet job-ready candidates and expose them to the important work of their agencies.
Disability Emergency Preparedness Training
This training is offered to organizations or groups of emergency planners, first responders, and people with disabilities.
In this training, members of the disability community learn about the personal steps they can take to prepare for different emergency situations. First responders and emergency planners learn about making more accessible community preparedness plans.
Learn more about Disability Emergency Preparedness Training
Community Access Monitor Training
The CAM Training is designed for both the individual who wants to advocate for increased access in their community as well as for the individual who wants to better understand their obligations to provide access to the disability community. It is usually run as a two-day program.
Learn more about Community Access Monitor Training
ADA Coordinator Training
This training is for ADA Coordinators working in state and local government. It is not an ADA Coordinator certification program.
Disability Non-discrimination Training
This training is offered to Massachusetts state agencies, municipal governments, employers, businesses, housing providers, colleges and universities and other organizations.
The training covers obligations under state and federal disability laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that address disability rights and non-discrimination.
Learn more about Disability Non-discrimination Training
MOD hosts an annual Disability Summit to bring together and inspire leaders, advocates, and others in the disability community. Each year the summit has a different theme, focusing on issues that currently impact the disability community.
The focus of the 2021 Disability Summit on March 4th was Reasonable Accommodations within Employment and Socialization in a Virtual World.