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When decisions are being discussed in the state and federal governments that affect the disability community, it’s vital to be informed and prepared. Regular meetings and collaboration with decision-makers at DDS, MRC, MassHealth and other administration officials, help ADDP and our members become heavily informed and influential on the issues affecting our community. Through our consistent communication with our members, issue-driven committees, professional development workshops, and work with expert consultants, ADDP is THE SOURCE for receiving news, information, and education on timely issues. 

BOSTON– Members of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers joined state lawmakers, service providers, family members and advocates to discuss their legislative priorities for the year ahead at the Association’s annual Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, January 23. "We come here each year to celebrate our collective mission of supporting Massachusetts' most vulnerable individuals... more
The ADDP 2019 LEAD! Conference provides space for professionals and advocates in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community, as well as autism and brain injury field, to hear the latest ideas, trends, practices, and policies impacting services; engage in discussions to generate new solutions; and network. more
Do you have a staff member or team of staffers who have taken their creative ideas and turned them into positive, significant change? Have these positive, significant changes impacted someone with intellectual/developmental disabilities, brain injury or autism? Your organization? What about the community-at-large? If so, we want to hear from you! "Innovation & Creativity" is the theme of ADDP... more
The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) invites you to market your business to hundreds of human service agencies at the 2019 ADDP LEAD! Conference & EXPO. Participating in the conference will allow your business to: Reach an expected target audience of 900 – 1,000 attendees Increase awareness of your products and services Gain access to decision makers in the field... more
Mark your calendars! The ADDP LEAD! Conference & Expo will be held on May 9, 2019 at the DCU Center in Worcester! This year's theme is around "Innovation & Creativity." The 2019 LEAD! Conference keynote speakers are Ricardo and Donna Thornton, a married couple living with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The Thorntons will share their story about how they met while in an... more
ADDP is pleased to announce that Senator Joan Lovely (D-Second Essex) and Representative Paul Brodeur (D-32nd Middlesex) have been respectively selected as the Senator and Representative of the Year by the statewide Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers. more
As a result of the tireless efforts of several ADDP board members and staff, including Mike Hyland and Gail Brown, the second week of September is being proclaimed by Governor Baker and Senators Warren and Markey as DSP recognition week. Special thanks is owed to ADDP board member, Nancy Silver Hargreaves, for advancing this campaign over the past 8 years. more
Hey, artists: what does change mean to you? What does it look like? What does it feel like? How would you artistically describe it? ADDP is kicking off production on its 2019-2020 legislative calendar project and is searching for an artistic depiction that best speaks to this year's calendar theme: change. All individuals within ADDP member organizations are encouraged to submit original... more
The Senate Ways & Means Committee's recently released FY19 budget includes an additional $750,000 over Governor Charlie Baker's budget for the statewide head injury program and an additional $30,000 for services for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) who are aging. However, there are a number of areas of concern regarding the budget, which is why... more
The vast majority of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) line items in the recently released Massachusetts Senate Ways & Means budget are consistent with the budget Governor Charlie Baker proposed back in January 2018. The only exception is in line item 5920-3025, which funds aging with DD services and was increased by $30,000 over the Governor's budget. The Senate Ways & Means... more

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