The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 88 children in America have an autism diagnosis, and these rates continue to rise. Seven years after high school graduation, one in three young adults with autism have no paid job, college or technical school experience, and another 500,000 children with autism will reach adulthood in the next decade.
The MDDC has submitted its state plan to the Feds with the 2012-2016 goals and objectives. Under federal law, each DD Council receives funds to carry out systems-change, capacity-building and advocacy initiatives. Through these activities, DD Councils improve and expand opportunities for the independence, productivity, inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in their communities.
The MDDC supports the proposed amendments put forward by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to prohibit the use of aversive (Level III) behavioral interventions on a prospective basis. Read the testimony here
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS) bestowed the Craig Smith Spirit Award to Sandy Houghton for her Leadership with Self-Advocacy training at their 13th Annual Self-Advocacy Conference in Sturbridge on Saturday, November 20, 2010.