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 and their families to live with dignity in the community," ADDP Board Chairman Chris White told a packed crowd in the Hall of Flags.
During the event, Rep. Kay Khan (D-11th Middlesex) shared a legislative overview for the House Committee on Children and Families, which she chairs.
ADDP CEO and President Ellen Attaliades also detailed the Association's budget priorities. Among the Association's top priorities for this legislative session are calling for increases to the Department of Developmental Services’ funding for Community-Based Day and Supports and Employment, DDS funding for the Transportation line item, and funding for individuals with Autism.
The annual meeting provided an opportunity to celebrate and thank legislators for their continued support for disability rights. ADDP honored Senator Joan Lovely (D-Second Essex) and Representative Paul Brodeur (D-32nd Middlesex) as the association's Senator and Representative of the Year.
Hyannis resident David Caron unveiled his winning design from the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers 2019 Calendar Cover Contest. This year’s contest asked participating artists to express what "change" means through their craft.
“David’s art teacher, Debra from the Kennedy-Donovan Center, introduced him to the world of self-expression through art, which has been especially therapeutic for David,” explained Ellen Attaliades.
Each attendee left the event with a copy of the calendar, which highlights the range of services member organizations provide and the birthdays of Massachusetts legislators.