Fellowship Opportunities

Applications are now being accepted for two part time disability Fellowships.   Massachusetts residents with developmental disabilities are eligible to apply for the 2015 Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship pdf format of 2015 GOPEN FELLOWSHIP 
.   The 2015 Allen C. Crocker Family Fellowship pdf format of 2015 ALLEN CROCKER FELLOWSHIP
is open to family members of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Each one year Fellowship is based at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Boston.  

The Fellows work 20 hours per week on projects of their choice, and they attend trainings and events to learn about disability advocacy and policy.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15th.   Both Fellowships will begin the week of July 6, 2015.

For more information, refer to the attached announcements.   

Sponsored by Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network partners:  The Institute for Community Inclusion/UMass Boston, Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, E.K. Shriver Center/UMass Medical School and the Disability Law Center.   

Garballey honored as Legislator of the Year  docx format of Garballey honored as Legislator of the Year

On March 9, 2015, Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington) was honored as Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and the Arc of Massachusetts for his tireless work advocating for people with disabilities.  Representative Garballey also has been the legislative sponsor in increasing budgetary support for Turning 22 and was successful in making sure that the program Best Buddies Massachusetts received state budgetary support.  His legislative achievements also include the Social Worker Safety Act, mandating insurance coverage for hearing aids for children up to the age of 21, filing legislation knows as 50/50 that increased state support for public higher education, and leading the effort to prevent service cuts to the MBTA, including lowering the cost of The Ride.  He also championed the Real Lives Billing, alongside Rep. Sannicandro.

Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy) was also awarded Legislator of the Year for his work in the Senate.  Senator Keenan was recognized for his strong commitment to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Hundreds of people with disabilities, families, legislators, and advocates gathered for the 37th annual Legislative Reception.  Guests included Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.  

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