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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The month of October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month! With that in mind, there are several Disability Employment related events happening at the State House that I wanted to share:


Disability Mentoring Day


October 16, 2019 10am-2pm

Massachusetts State House, 2nd Floor


Unified celebration of Disability Mentoring and Employment opportunities for individuals with varied abilities and strengths. The day will include many opportunities for support leading to employment and vocational resources of the various partnerships throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Sponsors: MAAPSE-Massachusetts Association of Supporting Employment, MASSPRC-Massachusetts Psychiatric Recovery Collaborative, Eastern MA Peer Network, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Department of Developmental Service and Bureau of State Office, UMass Medical School-Work Without Limits Benefits Counseling, Starbucks Coffee Company


Subcommittee on Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities


Tuesday, October 22, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Massachusetts State House, Room B-1


The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities has designated a subcommittee to further study the critical issue of workforce development for persons with disabilities. The hearing is designed to encourage individuals with disabilities to share their own personal stories and experiences in the workforce.


Sponsor: Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities


Celebration of Success: Massachusetts Regional Employment Collaborative


October 29, 2019 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Massachusetts State House, Hall of Flags


A celebration to recognize partners, sponsors, and employers who have demonstrated commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities through employment and training efforts. This event will coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which raises awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.


Sponsors: Riverside Community Care, Institute for Community Inclusion


Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council’s Legislative Breakfast


October 30, 2019 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Massachusetts State House, Room 428


Join the Council in celebrating October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month! The breakfast will include an opportunity to network, words from Senator Patrick O’Connor and Representative Josh Cutler, and a panel of experts to discuss the successes and challenges of the state of disability employment in Massachusetts.


Sponsor: Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

I hope you are able to take the time to attend and learn more about Disability Employment in the Commonwealth.

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