The MDDC is undertaking an initiative to diversify our membership. We are seeking individuals from diverse backgrounds interested in supporting the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.
El Consejo está llevando a cabo una iniciativa para diversificar nuestra membresía. Estamos buscando a personas de diversos orígenes que están interesadas en apoyar la inclusión de personas con discapacidades.
MDDC Names Representative James J. O’Day Legislator of the Year
The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) and the Arc of Massachusetts honored Representative James J. O’Day (Fourteenth Worcester District) and State Sen. Jason M. Lewis (Fifth Middlesex District) with Legislator of the Year awards during the 39th Annual Legislative Reception on March 27, 2017. House Majority Leader Ronald Mariano and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg presented the awards.
MDDC chose O’Day as the recipient of the Legislator of the Year award for his continued support of legislation to support people with developmental disabilities. During his six terms in the State House representing the people of West Boylston and part of Worcester, Rep. Jim O’Day has been a champion for the most vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth. In August 2016, Rep. O’Day was successful in passing legislation for companies contracting with state agencies to commit to hiring persons with disabilities, ensuring that they are afforded equal opportunities in the workplace. He is the sponsor of An Act relative to Cueing and Supervision in the PCA Program.
MDDC hosted the legislative reception in conjunction with The Arc of Massachusetts. During the reception, The Arc of Massachusetts recognized State Sen. Jason M. Lewis (Fifth Middlesex District) with Legislator of the Year award. Sen. Lewis successfully co-sponsored An Act providing for nondiscrimination in access to organ transplantation, which became law in 2016. He was key in increasing funding in the FY17 state budget to improve access to health care, health and human services, affordable housing and other essential services for individuals with disabilities.