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911 Disability Indicator Info

The Massachusetts Disability Indicator Program offers a free, voluntary service that alerts 9-1-1 personnel that an individual with a disability lives in the home and may have unique safety, communications or other needs in case of an emergency. This service was developed in consultation with organizations representing the mobility, hearing, speech and sight impaired communities. This service is available for landline telephone service subscribers only.  It is necessary to request the service through completion of the Disability Indicator Form.

  Go to Mass.gov Request a Disability Indicator Form

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My Journey with Spina Bifida

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By Abby

I remember walking through the crowds of people trying to get to somewhere safe. It was 1999, and war had just begun in my beautiful homeland of Kosovo. One of my clear memories  is sharing a tent with other families at the refugee camps. I remember seeing hopelessness, desperation and yearning for safety. My family was fortunate to get chosen to leave.

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How I Stayed Hopeful with Chronic Depression

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By Frank Nadeau

My name is Frank. I am - at the time of this post - forty five and three-quarters years old. I suffer
from chronic depression, and have suffered from chronic depression for at least the past twenty
five odd years, though I never sought diagnosis and treatment for the condition until 2007 or so -
and I never truly admitted to myself that the matter was a lifelong struggle until the past . . .
three years? Maybe four?

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Two Halves Make A Whole- Sometimes

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Imagine for a minute that you need to unplug your phone charger to bring to work with you. You reach down to grab your charger and you’re met with a tangled mess of wires from all of your devices, and all of the wires look the same. To top it off, now you’re late for work, sweaty, and the mess of wires is so tangled that there’s no hope of untangling them in the near future. But at least you have your charger.

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