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

Introduction

Please join The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 for the 46th Annual Legislative Reception. The theme for the reception this year is “Reaffirming Our Commitment to Those in Need.”

We are excited to announce this year’s Legislator of the Year Awardees. MDDC will be honoring Senator Jo Comerford (Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester districts) and The Arc will be honoring Representative John Lawn (10th Middlesex district). Both Senator Comerford and Representative Lawn are tireless advocates for people with disabilities.

We anticipate several hundred citizens, family members, and staff in the disability field will attend, as well as numerous elected and appointed officials. American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided, as well as CART. Accommodations must be requested by February 22.

There will also be a special addition to this year’s program. Past award recipients will receive a custom “Disability Legislative Champion” lapel pin as further recognition of their continued commitment to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We hope you will join us in honoring our community’s champions!

Registration is required.  Reserve your spaces today while they are still available.

Event Details

Reaffirming Our Commitment to Those in Need
The 46th Annual Legislative Reception
Wednesday, March 6
Great Hall, Massachusetts State House

Check-in: 10:00 AM
Program: 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Honorees

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
Legislator of the Year:

Senator Jo Comerford

The Arc of Massachusetts
Legislator of the Year:
Representative John Lawn

Co-Sponsors

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
Disability Law Center
Disability Policy Consortium
Easterseals Massachusetts
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
MassFamilies
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 MA
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
Vinfen
Vong Tay Cha Me Viet (Circle of Vietnamese Parents)
WORK, Inc.

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