Insider’s View: Senator Barbara L’Italien

l'italienCurrently, I represent the Second Essex and Middlesex District; which includes the city of Lawrence and the towns of Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury. In addition, I serve as chair of the Committee on Elder Affairs; chair of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; Vice Chair of the Committee on Bills in the Third Reading and a member of the following committees: Education; Health Care Financing; Redistricting; Community Development and Small Business. Prior to my time in Senate, I served in the House as Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

Throughout my legislative career, I have championed issues related to autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. I understand the challenges that families face when one of their members has a disability. Within my own family, I have witnessed the challenges that my son, Rudy has faced and know that with the necessary supports, encouragement and programs, growth is possible. Because of strong legislative leadership and dedicated advocates Autism Omnibus Legislation and ARICA (Autism insurance coverage) were passed recently so that many families have hope that their loved ones maximize their full potential.

I welcome the opportunity to serve the individuals and families of my district; which is located in the Merrimack Valley and invite their support as together we work to strengthen the services and programs for those most in need.


  1. I have a adult daughter with developmental delays in her thirties. She has been shuffled around in residential placements after DDS closed a home where she was happy and stable. After the failed placements, and stress I have brought her home to live, now my career is on the line because I have a relay transportation site to bring her to and pick her up so she can stay at her day program? She has support hours for activities which are limited and cater to the workers schedules. where do I get help? She has rights, and deserves to have her needs met, without causing family tensions which she can somewhat understand. Too many issues, no help, what do I do?

    • Thank you for your question. Our Director of Outreach and Education, Kerry Mahoney would be happy to speak with you and send you in the right direction. Her number is (781) 891-6270 ext. 6109.

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