Person At-Risk registry
draft Service Animals
Americans w/ Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice
Disability Rights Section
Text of revised Title II
State & Regional
Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD)
New England ADA & Accessible IT Center
800-949-4232 Voice or TTY
Works through partnerships with community-based organizations to:
create new AT programs and
coordinate AT services throughout the Commonwealth.
What is disability advocacy all about?
Which organizations are the key players in the disability rights arena?
DisabilityResources.org has collected an active list of advocacy related resources to help answer these questions.
Commission on Disability
At Risk Registry
The Commission would like Lexington residents to be aware that they can participate in an "At Risk" registry designed to help inform the Lexington Police, Fire and Human Services Departments about family members who may be at risk and have unique assistance needs.
The "At Risk" registry is a voluntary program that allows family members to provide valuable information for locating and/or interacting with the at risk person. The Human Services Department staff is available to assist families with the process of filling out the persons at risk form, and provide other supports.
Town of Lexington Public Notice
Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements
The Town of Lexington advises applicants, participants, and the public that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs, services and activities.
The Town of Lexington has designated the following person to coordinate efforts to comply with these requirements. Inquiries and complaints should be directed to:
Linda Crew Vine, Deputy Town Manager
1625 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
11/1/12 Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) announced that, beginning October 29, the official Massachusetts Identification Card is now an acceptable form of identification for the purchase of alcohol, removing a long-held stigma against individuals with disabilities. The change was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on July 30, 2012 and went into effect on October 29, 2012.
Representative Jay Kaufman hosted a discussion on the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on October 21, 2010 at the Lexington Depot.
21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010 passed Congress by a voice vote on September 28, 2010. According to Representative Edward Markey (MA), who authored and championed this legislation, the passage of this bill delivers "one of the most significant victories for the disability community since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 20 years ago." President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
The primary goal of the legislation is to ensure that safeguards are in place so people with disabilities have access to evolving high speed broadband, wireless, and other internet-based technologies. Among other provisions, the legislation:
requires telecom equipment used to make calls over the Internet to be compatible with hearing aids,
provides for captioning on new TV programs online, and
mandates that remote controls have a button or similar mechanism to easily access the closed captioning on broadcast and pay TV.
The bill was championed by the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) a coalition of over 300 national, regional, state, and community-based disability organizations established in 2007. Read a summary of what the legislation will do.