Welcome to Center for Living & Working

Center for Living & Working services are available to anyone with a disability.
We can help you determine how CLW can be of assistance, or refer you to someone who can.
If you have any questions, just give us a call. 508-798-0350


The SCI support group for the month of November will take place on Monday the 27th instead of Tuesday the 28th
2 to 3 pm at the Center for Living & Working office 484 Main Street Suite 345 Worcester MA.


Healthy Relationship support group for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community 

YWCA is here for you. Join us in conversations around the importance of building healthy relationships amongst intimate partnerships, personal empowerment, and advocating for oneself. ASL interpreters provided.
Walk-ins welcomed!
A collaboration with the Center for Living & Working, Inc.; and Our Deaf Survivors Center.

YWCA Central Massachusetts | 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608 | 508-767-2505 | ywcacm.org
December 11, 2017
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
YWCA Central MA
1 Salem Sq.
Worcester, MA
2nd Floor Board Room

Please click here to see the flyer.


Join us for an
Emergency Preparedness Workshop!
*What to do if the power goes out
*How to communicate with emergency officers
*The importance of SMART911 and how to sign up
When: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
*Snow Date* Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Time: 1:30pm-5:00pm
Where: CLW
484 Main Street
4th Floor Training Room
Worcester, MA 01608
ASL Interpreters will be provided. Please request other
communication access BEFORE November 27th

Please click here to see the flyer.


LIFE INSURANCE WORKSHOP at the Center for Living & Working
Want to know more?
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 2:00pm—4:00pm
Where: CLW
484 Main Street, Suite 345
Worcester MA 01608
Presentation will be in
American Sign Language; to
request other communication
access, please let us know
before November 9th

Please click here to see the flyer.


AUDITIONS for Cinderella will be November 27 & 29, 2017, at the Parker Damon School Building in Acton, MA.
Audition for the Cast
Open Door Theater welcome auditions by people from all Walks/Rolls of life, including families and people with Disabilities, people who are Deaf or Hard of hearing, ALL-Inclusive to everyone!!! Our only requirement is that you must be at least nine (9) years of age as of January 1 of the show year.
Join the Crew
It takes a huge crew to support our shows. We have committees for tickets, ushering, cuing, lighting, sound, set crew, set construction, painting, auditions, publicity, and more. Most backstage jobs have a minimum age of twelve (12) years old; please contact the current production team for more details.


The Northeast University is conducting a speak study for individuals over the age of 18 with a speech impairment due to Cerebral Palsy. 

Please see the flyer for more information!


WSIP is a project of MassMATCH, the Assistive Technology Act program for Massachusetts, to provide wheelchair-accessible scales and digital pressure mapping technology (PMT) for use in Central and Western Massachusetts. This project is funded by a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
A wheelchair-accessible scale has been made available for personal use at the:
Center for Living & Working, Inc.
484 Main Street Suite 345
Worcester MA 01608
The weight scale is available on the first and third Thursday of every month from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM. Please sign in at the front desk and wait for a CLW team member to bring you to the weight scale room.
 Please click here to see the flyer.


Upcoming events

The Weight
and Seating Independence
Project (WSIP)
Upcoming Trainings with Pressure Mapping Technology
Interface pressure mapping is used to show pressure points when someone is sitting or
lying down. Learn how to borrow and use pressure
mapping technology. Help prevent life-threatening injuries!
Presented by Mary Jo Wagner, OTR/L, ATP, of the Department of Developmental
Services; and Ron Resnick and Sarah Bandzak of Blue Chip Medical Products, Inc.

Easter Seals MA
484 Main Street, Worcester MA 01608
To register:
email info@massmatch.org
or call Tanya Bombard 617-204-3851

Please click here to see the flyer.


MassDOT Highway ADA Transition Plan Public Meetings
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will host a series of public meetings to share the current results of work to update its ADA Transition Plan. This plan includes a review of MassDOT policies and procedures, and an assessment of MassDOT owned curb cuts and other fixed assets, such as buildings and equipment such as accessible pedestrian signals. 
To review the ADA Transition Plan and submit a comment, please visit the MassDOT’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights ADA webpage:
Publicmeetings are scheduled as follows:

• Monday, November 6, 3:00p.m. Worcester
Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Street

Please click here to see the flyer.


National White Cane Awareness Day 2017!
Event information:
White Cane Day 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Please plan to meet at 9:45 am on the sidewalk just outside of WPD HQ on Major Taylor Blvd.

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) would like to take the opportunity to invite you to their annual White Cane Safety Day, which will be held at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, October 23, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. International White Cane Day, which is on October 15th, celebrates the independence of white canes and raise public awareness of the White Cane Law. In 1931, the Lions Club began promoting the use of white canes as a national identification program. Today, the white cane is a symbol of independence for individuals with blindness. Massachusetts White Cane Law states that all motorists, when they see a pedestrian who is using a white cane or guide dog at a street crossing, must come to a complete stop. The October 23rd event will feature vision professionals, white cane and guide dog users, family members, friends, orientation and mobility specialists, and representatives from the Lions Club and Bay State Council of the Blind.

Please see MCB’s website for more information:


The MRC and the State Rehabilitation Council are looking for artwork to be displayed in the annual artist calendar. The calendar showcases the artistic work of consumers of MRC services. 

If you have artwork you would like to submit, please complete an application form at:


Deadline for artwork submissions is Friday, October 6, 2017

Please click here to see the flyer


The City of Worcester’s Department of Health and
Human Services Office of Human Rights and Disabilities and Center for Living & Working, Inc.’s
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
The 2nd Annual
Worcester City Hall Tour &
Mock City Council Meeting
to Joan Philip at JPhilip@centerlw.org or 508-762-1165
ASL English & Deaf Interpreters will be provided. FM Systems will be available.
Please contact Joan Philip for any other Communication Access requests.
When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Time: 10am-1pm
* Meet in front of City Hall for tour at 9:45am *
Where: Worcester City Hall
Esther Howland Chamber (3rd Floor)
455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Please click here to see the flyer.




Abilities Expo

When: September 8-10, 2017 , Times Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM, Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM

Where: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall C

We will be there and hope to see you there.

You can learn more and register here.


ASL Night at the Museum of Fine Arts

When: Wednesday, September 13, 4 PM – 10 PM

Coinciding with Deaf Awareness Month, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston invites the Deaf community and friends to celebrate the art and language of Deaf culture. The evening’s program includes American Sign Language tours and spotlight talks, performances, art-making activities, and more.

Presented in partnership with DEAF, Inc. and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program.

Free admission begins at 4 pm; all ASL Night events are free.

Made possible by the Bank of America Access Program. With additional support from the Maida S. Abrams Fund for Increasing Access and Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities, and MFS Investment Management.


AbilityFest 2017!

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, a diverse community of Seven Hills friends, families and supporters will come together to challenge and encourage each other to SEE, BELIEVE and ACHIEVE!

Seven Hills Ability Fest 2017 will be the third annual event for our community to celebrate the abilities of children and adults with life challenges. AbilityFest provides an opportunity for community-wide fun through participation in either a 5K road race or the 1-mile “Murphy Mile” walk – all during a festival of arts, music and inclusive activities. AbilityFest will be held on Sunday, October1, 2017 at beautiful Institute Park in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event will open at 10:00 am with warm-ups and the race and walk will start at 11:00 am.

Please click here to learn more.


DPC News:  We Need Your Input on EVV

MassHealth has contracted with a for-profit national corporation to manage most of the state’s Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). The corporation, Optum Government Solutions, will manage responsibilities once carried out by the state. This includes prior authorization of services including the new Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system, which will use Global Positioning System (GPS) to track the start and end time, as well as location of services provided by PCAs for consumers. With limited exception, the state plans for all consumers and PCAs to use an electronic check in and check out device by the end of 2018.

The Disability Policy Consortium (DPC) is conducting a short survey aimed to understand consumer’s awareness and opinions about the EVV system. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. This information will help guide our advocacy activities and we will report our findings to consumers. Please complete the survey once!

If you have any questions about EVV, we encourage you to call DPC and speak with Maggie Sheets or Lenny Somervell at 617-542-3822.

You can take the survey by following this link or the one above


Transportation Assistance Event

Wednesday, Sept. 27th, 2017
Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA
Apply for an MBTA and/or WRTA pass for Seniors, Deaf & People with Disabilities
Please see the flyer for more information!


Fall Community ASL Classes

Hi everyone!

It’s time to signup for our Fall Community ASL Classes, Level 1 and Level 2!  Both will be starting in September!  


See the attached flyer and registration form for details.  Registrations and payment should be sent to Joan Philip, DHILS Director.

Please also share this with your friends, families and other networks AND post it in your workplaces too – all are welcome! 

Please click here to see the flyer and registration form.


Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Center for Living & Working, Inc. (CLW) is hosting a 1-hour support group (with refreshments!) the last Tuesday of every month for persons with a SCI. CLW provides support and resources to persons with a SCI. The support group is designed to share resources, network, and increase independence and community inclusion.

Come get involved!

The next support group is scheduled for Tuesday August 29th, 2017. This month there will be a guest speaker Tom Ouimette from National Seating and Mobility. 

Center for Living and Working 
484 Main Street Suite 345
Worcester MA 01608
This location is barrier free!

Jose Vasquez 508-755-1689 or jvasquez@centerlw.org or Monica Polanco at 508-755-1896 mpolanco@centerlw.org

Please click here to see the flyer.


MassHealth PCA Program MyTimesheet Electronic Visit Verification

MassHealth is planning on using MyTimesheet, an Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system that replaces the paper and electronic timesheets currently used to record PCA hours.

Click here for more information on the MassHealth PCA Program MyTimesheet Electronic Visit Verification.


Housing Workshop

Center for Living & Working holds a workshop twice a month to educate consumers about their housing options. This two hour workshop will provide a brief overview of eligibility for subsidized/accessible housing, private housing, review housing search, application process, and services offered by CLW.

Join us at:  Center for Living & Working,  484 Main Street, Suite 470, Worcester, MA, from 1 pm to 3 pm – the first and last Wednesday of every month

Space is limited. Please call Monica Polanco at 508-755-1896 to reserve a seat, if you need an accommodation such as an ASL interpreter or an electronic format presentation please email opsearch@centerlw.org


Accessible Martial Arts Program

The Accessible Martial Arts Program is for people with and without disabilities who want to learn and practice self-defense, stretching, exercise, and relaxation techniques.  Registration is now open.  

You can register online here:  Please click here for more information.  

Please contact Mike Kennedy at 508-755-1401 or mkennedy@centerlw.org if you have any questions.

REV UP is a national program to get more people with disabilities to vote.  For more information, please contact Mike Kennedy at mkennedy@centerlw.org or 508logo revup-755-1401.  Visit the Massachusetts Chapter online: revupma.org



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Independent Living Services

Center for Living & Working, Inc. helps people with disabilities learn to live more independently. Independent Living Specialists provide one-to-one services to individuals in their homes throughout Central Massachusetts

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services

CLW’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services (DHILS) include a variety of services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers. We accept referrals from other agencies or individuals may self-refer by visiting or calling our offices.

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Personal Care Management

Every year CLW serves over 1,000 people in Central Massachusetts who have Medicaid insuarance and need the help of a Personal Care Attendant (PCA). As an Independent Living Center, we are committed to assuring that those we serve have complete control in managing their own personal care.

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Other Services

Center for Living & Working services are available to anyone with a disability. If you have any questions, just give us a call – we can help you determine how CLW can be of assistance, or refer you to someone who can.

  • ADRC
  • ADA Consulting
  • Specialized Technical Equipment
ADRC is part of a statewide initiative dedicated to giving people information to make informed decisions about where they want to live and receive services.
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Individuals with disabilities are guaranteed equal opportunity through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which mandates accessibility of programs and facilities in every city and town, big and small.
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Are you, a family member or friend a person who is Deaf or hard of Hearing? Does your business or organization need to purchase technology for employees or residents with hearing loss?

CLW can help!
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