All in a Day’s Work!

Photo Contest Showcasing Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Making a Living in the Community

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council is inviting individuals with developmental disabilities to send photos of themselves working in the community. The purpose of this contest is to showcase the contributions individuals with developmental disabilities make in their workplaces and communities.  Click the link above for additional information.

 Individuals will be able to submit photos until October 9th, 2015.  #ADaysWork15

MDDC Staff Honored for Outstanding Performance

We are extremely proud to announce that two of our Council staff colleagues have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to their work on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Lee Larriu, Training Coordinator, has been selected as a recipient of the Commonwealth’s Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Public Service.  This award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor.  Under Lee’s leadership, the SALS program has tripled in size and scope, has received national acclaim, and is being replicated in other states.  

Andre Williams, Leadership Trainer, has been selected to receive a Craig Smith Self-Advocate Award, to be presented by Vinfen.  The award is named for Craig Smith, a tireless advocate and founding chairperson of Mass Advocates Standing Strong.  Andre was selected for his outstanding work and leadership in self-advocacy, and for being a superb role model for other self-advocates.

Please join us in congratulating Lee and Andre on these well-earned distinctions!

Took many steps to get here, but I have finally left

MDDC Council member Kate Ryan celebrates moving in to a place of her own for the first time.  Her article was recently published in the Boston Globe.  Read it here