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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. 

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During his remarks to the capacity crowd of 820 at Worcester’s DCU Center, singer and inspirational speaker Mario Arnauz Bonds paused for a moment before breaking into his new song, “Steel.” “Know who you are,” he sang. “You are a star.” Bonds, the keynote speaker at the 2018 Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers LEAD! Conference on April 12, brought the crowd to its feet multiple... more
The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen Attaliades as its President and CEO effective May 21, 2018. ADDP is a major trade association representing 129 community-based providers across the state that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, and brain... more
Morning Breakout Sessions 11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M. MassHealth Updates Room A -- 1.1 Speakers: Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary of MassHealth, Medicaid Director - Executive Office of Health and Human Services Designed for: Management, Leadership, Administration, Clinical/Nursing more
ADDP’s Annual Legislative Luncheon on January 23, 2018 at the State House was a success. Over 250+ providers, advocates, and legislators joined to support the developmental disability community and discuss disability concerns. ADDP honored Senator Forry and Representative Haddad as Legislators of the Year for their continued support of the disability community. View pictures from the event. more
Governor Baker's recommended fiscal year 2019 budget released yesterday showed support for some of the programs of interest to our community. ADDP appreciates the proposed increased funding levels of Turning 22 and Adult Omnibus. The latter was increased in the FY'19 budget by almost $5 million. However, we have major concerns about the following three line items in which funding fell short and... more
Don't miss an opportunity to be recognized by hundreds of organizations, businesses, industry leaders, and decision makers! Participating will increase awareness of your products and services to over 850 attendees and express your organization's commitment to the human services community. Exhibit We have limited space available in 2018 so register early to reserve your preferred location.... more
Mario Arnauz Bonds We think we fully comprehend that courage, creativity and determination are critical to our success. However, you will quickly see how much we all still have to learn about the innate power of these concepts when you hear the story of Mario Arnauz Bonds. Bonds is a multitalented motivational speaker and singer/songwriter. Made famous by NBC Universal's 2012 run of The Glee... more
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS! The LEAD! Conference on April 12, 2018 at the DCU Center in Worcester will provide space for professionals and advocates in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community to hear the latest ideas, trends, practices, and policies impacting services; engage in discussions to generate new solutions; and network. ADDP invites you to participate in its... more
ADDP submitted comments to the HCBS Waiver Unit on the proposed ABI and MFP waiver renewal applications. We appreciate flexibility added to day services, but have concerns that related rates are inadequate to meet the CMS’ Community Rule and that services are not aligned across all waivers. For ADDP’s full testimony, please our advocacy page. more
  Contemporary Practices in DD Agency Leadership and Management Certificate The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, UMass Boston in collaboration with ADDP, will be starting its second cohort for the Contemporary Practices in DD Leadership and Management Program this fall.  This program builds knowledge and skills of professionals to prepare them for success in senior executive... more

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