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
and Seating Independence
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
or call Tanya Bombard 617-204-3851
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
National White Cane Awareness Day 2017!
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
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
* 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
It’s time to signup for our Fall Community ASL Classes, Level 1 and Level 2! Both will be starting in September!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS: September 15th
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Monica Polanco at 508-755-1896 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-1401. 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
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.
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.
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.
- ADA Consulting
- Specialized Technical Equipment
CLW can help!