MRC Commissioner Charles Carr Wants To Hear From You

Commissioner Charles Carr and Senior Managers invite the provider community, consumers, and family members to attend one of four Community Education Forums, to be held throughout Massachusetts, to discuss ways to meet the needs of consumers and develop ideas to meet the challenges that lie ahead.


The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) promotes equality, empowerment, and productive independence for people with disabilities.  Multiple programs at the MRC assist individuals with disabilities to maximize their quality of life and achieve economic self-sufficiency.  In an era of shrinking resources, the MRC must assess and adapt its programming.


At these forums, we will discuss the following issues:


·        State budget reductions and the programs they affect.


·        Determine the MRC’s essential services for the Community Living (CL), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), and Disability Determination Services (DDS) Divisions.


·        Develop new ways of doing business that will allow the agency, on a reduced budget, to continue meeting the needs of people living with disabilities.


·        Create a new partnership with providers, consumers, and their families.


Forum dates and locations:


December 1, 2009, The Conference Center at Massasoit Community College, 770 Crescent Street, Brockton, Ma. 02302, 10 am-12 noon, for directions:


December 3, 2009, The Worcester Public Library, Saxe Conference Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, Ma. 01608, 10am-12 noon, for directions:


December 7, 2009,The Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, Ma. 01002, 2pm-4pm, for directions:


December 11, 2009, Northern Essex Community College, Tech Center Room 103 A, 100 Elliot Street, Haverhill, Ma. 01830, 2pm-4pm, for directions:


Should you require a reasonable accommodation please call Emeka Nwokeji (617) 204-3665 or (617) 204-3866 Voice/TTY





Memorial Service for Bill Brainard, Disabilty Advocate,

Please join Neighborhood and Merrimack valley Legal Services, in conjunction with the Lawrence Bar Association, for a memorial service in honor of ATTORNEY WILLIAM M. “BILL” BRAINARD Monday, November 16, 2009 at  2 p.m. Northeast Housing Court, Courtroom 3, Fenton Judicial Center, 2 Appleton Street, Lawrence, MA. Bill dedicated his legal career to serving low-income  and elderly clients at Merrimack Valley and Neighborhood Legal Services.  He provided access to justice for hundreds of clients throughout his career.  

Please join us to honor Bill. Immediately following, refreshments will be served in the office of Neighborhood Legal Services, 170 Common Street, Suite 300, Lawrence, MA. For questions or additional information please contact Sheila Casey at 781-244-1414/ or via email to: or Corine Reardon at 781-244-1420 or via email


Free Employment and Benefits Conference

Attorneys from the Disability Law Center, are offering a free training about work for people with disabilities in Spanish and English.  Learn about avoiding problems with SSI/SSDI if you go back to work; your rights when applying for a job; and getting the accommodations you need at work.

You can also sign up for an individual session on your Social Security and work issues.  Everything discussed in these sessions will be kept confidential.

The conference will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at the Lynn Housing Authority Community Room 10 Church Street Lynn, MA 01902

The presentation will take place from 9:30 to 1:00 and individual session will b offered from 1:30 to 3:30.  A light lunch will be provided.

To register please contact the Disability Law Center by telephone, 800-872-9992 or TTY 800-381-0577 or fax 617-723-9125 or by emailing

Registration is limited! Register today!.

ILCNSCA Food for February Collection

ILCNSCA will be accepting non-perishable items and checks made payable to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry through February 11, 2010.  If you would like to drop off an item or two ILCNSCA is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you require assistance with a drop off please call ahead of time to make an arrangement.

All donations will be delivered to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry on Friday February 12, 2010 – just in time for Valentines day and a week before school vacation.

Thank you in advance for your donations!.

ILCNSCA ’10 Board Members Elected at Annual Meeting

On October 21, 2009 the Annual meeting was held at ILCNSCA. Board candidates Kimberly Whitmore and Marian (Midge) A. Dawicki were elected along with re-election of Lois Gallo, Sandra Efstriou, and Christine Parker. The Annual Report was shared. (Check it out on our web page at All who attended had a great time. The board met briefly after the Annual meeting and elected the following officers: President Jack Raycroft; Vice President Sandra Eftstrotiou; Clerk Erin McGaffigan; Treasurer Gregg Murray. Next Board meeting will be on November 18, 2009 at 6:30 PM at ILCNSCA..