We are very excited to announce that we will be having a legislative hearing for our bill, “An Act Relative to Persons with Disabilities,” on Tuesday, September 10th at the Massachusetts State House!
As you know, families are exhausted from looking for resources that simply aren’t there. We currently have very little to offer and families are struggling, as a result.
Please join us as we push to expand access to services for ALL individuals affected by developmental disabilities in Massachusetts! Our families deserve services, and this is our opportunity to address these needs.
Family members, advocates and policymakers met for a legislative breakfast on July 10th at the Massachusetts State House in support of our bill before the legislature, “An Act Relative to Persons with Disabilities.” Very special thanks to Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Jim O’Day for organizing this wonderful event and for their continuous support!
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Do you know someone with an FASD? Family member, friend, or ally, tell your legislator why FASD matters to you.
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From Awareness to Advocacy: Legislative FAST Facts and current massFAS endorsements.
Family members and advocates attend Developmental Disabilities Day at the Massachusetts State House on March 6, 2019!
Ask your legislator to support our goal. We are asking the Mass. Department of Developmental Services to expand eligibility criteria to include all developmental disabilities for individuals who have IQs over 70 and have substantial functional limitations.
Visit malegislature.gov to find your legislator, and use our sample advocacy letter to ask them to support our goal.
View contact information for representatives on the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities here.
State Senator Joan Lovely with massFAS staff (left)
State Representative Jim O’Day with family advocates (middle)
State Representative Mindy Domb with family advocate and massFAS staff (right)
“There is strength in numbers, so the more families that show their support for this legislation and voice how this bill will positively affect their lives, the more traction the bill will get. Therefore, I am so happy to know that there are parents and families that want to continue advocating for the legislation we’re going to file this upcoming session. I greatly look forward to working with massFAS and families affected by FASD because together we can truly make a difference.”State Representative Jim O’Day (Worcester)
Not sure where to start?
- Download our massFAS Fact Sheet to share with your legislator
- View tips for testifying before a committee
- Review the recent history of Intellectual Disabilities definitions
- Tips for Talking with Questioning Legislators or Advocates