46th Annual Legislative Reception: Reaffirming Our Commitment to Those in Need

2024 Recap

On Wednesday, March 6, nearly 400 advocates gathered at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the 46th Annual Legislative Reception. Held by The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC), this year’s theme was “Reaffirming Our Commitment to Those in Need.”

This year’s theme focused on the continued need to advocate for those individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and autism who remain in the strongest need, with thousands going unserved or underserved for nearly four years now due to the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the program, The Arc and MDDC named their Legislators of the Year. The Arc’s Legislator of the Year award was given to Representative John Lawn, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. MDDC’S Legislator of the Year award was given to Senator Jo Comerford, Assistant Vice Chair of Senate Ways and Means. Continue reading event recap.

Event Replay


Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts
Advocates, Inc.
Bay Cove Human Services
Beaverbrook STEP, Inc.
Berkshire County Arc
Black Autism Coalition
Boston Center for Independent Living
The Arc of Bristol County
Cambiando el mundo de personas con discapacidades
Center of Hope Foundation
Changing Spaces Massachusetts
Charles River Center
Communitas, Inc.
Community Connections
Dignity Alliance Massachusetts
Disability Law Center
Disability Policy Consortium
Easterseals Massachusetts
E.K. Shriver Center, UMass Chan Medical School
Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Arc of Greater Brockton
The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport
Inclusive Fitness
Incompass Human Services
Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston/Boston Children’s Hospital
Justice Resource Institute
Lifeworks, Inc.
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
Massachusetts Office on Disability
Minute Man Arc
Nonotuck Resource Associates, Inc.
Northeast Arc
The Arc of Opportunity
Opportunities for Inclusion
Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of MA and RI, Inc.
The Arc of Plymouth and Upper Cape Cod
REV UP! Massachusetts
Riverside Industries, Inc.
Road to Responsibility
Seven Hills ASPiRE!
Seven Hills Community Services
Seven Hills Foundation
Sibling Support Program: A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiative, E.K. Shriver Center
The Arc of South Shore
Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education
Special Olympics Massachusetts
The United Arc
Vòng Tay Cha Mẹ Việt (Circle of Vietnamese Parents)
WORK, Inc.