The Massachusetts Cross-Disability Advocacy Coalition (CDAC)

You will be hearing a lot more about this coalition from me (that’s a promise, not a threat!). We are just getting organized, and are noodling out ways to expand from our original core group into a truly state-wide and inclusive coalition. We are talking about doing 8 outreach gatherings in various places around the state over the next few weeks.

I am representing the Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) as a self-advocate, and there are representatives of many other groups involved in this start-up, which is funded by a federal grant through the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC), and administered by the Disability Law Center of Massachusetts (DLC).

Tomorrow (November 1) we will be discussing how we can get involved in the issue of transportation in the state for people with disabilities. In April of this year, Governor Patrick issued Executive Order 530 to establish a Commission to study this issue. In keeping with the Disability Rights Movement motto “Nothing About Us Without Us!” we want to be sure that we voice our opinions.

At our last meeting, we finalized our vision statement.

Vision Statement for CDAC:
The Cross-Disability Advocacy Coalition will become a strong, united voice for people with disabilities and lived experience. The Coalition will be engaged and form partnerships that identify common denominators and build a powerful constituency influencing legislation and policy change that improves the lives of our community and ensures full inclusion.

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    • THOMAS BALFOUR on February 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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    i was hurt on the job back in DECEMBER OF 2008,WORKMANS COMPS VOC REHAB REFUSES TO HELP ME.JUST BECAUSE THE SURGEON BOTCHED MY SHOULDER SURGERY,NOW IT IS GETTING CLOSE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO FILE AGAINST THE SURGEON,AND KNOW ONE WANTS THE CASE,I JUST WANT TO BE MADE WHOLE AGAIN,BUT BECAUSE IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG DRIVING A TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK MAYBE IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME,AND THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THAT I KNOW TO MAKE A LIVING. I HAVE BECOME SO DEPRESSED BY THE SITUATION THAT THIS STATE HAS PUT ME IN,I HAVE FALLEN THROUGH THE CRACKS, THOMAS BALFOUR

    • Shawn Morse on January 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM
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    I dont know if you help children with disabilities , but my child is being harassed day & night for 2 years plus . She has a lot wrong with her medically . Form a feeding tube , to cerebral palsy with a seizure disorder . Next door from my condo has been targeting my daughter for 2 years now . We need help . My child has been pulling her hair out waking up scared . Almost bit her finger off . This is a 50 plus woman & her son targeting her . We out reach for help & we get ambushed & almost jumped at her bus stop . We also have another neighbor who fills my house with car exhaust and is filling my house as I type now . We call the police & get retaliated against . WE HAVE VIDEOS OF THIS NON STOP HARASSMENT ! PLEASE HELP AS THIS IS AFFECTING MY DAUGHTERS HEALTH & WELL BEING !

  1. You can call the Disability Law Center at (617)723-8455 and ask to speak to intake.

    • Kevin Heaton on December 23, 2015 at 4:17 PM
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    Have people heard anything about Project SEARCH? Is it a good program for college graduates?

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