The MDDC is pleased to welcome Lydia Brown as the Council’s new Chairperson. At 22, Lydia is the youngest individual to serve as Chair of a DD Council in the country. Lydia has been awarded numerous honors including the 2013 White House Champion of Change for disability rights. We are looking forward to working with you Lydia!…/289948266/Press-Release-Lydia-Brown

Photo Contest Winner Announced

The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) has named Seekonk resident Andrew Randall the winner of its second annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month photo contest. Scott Mackin (Hopkinton) and Jennifer Varnet (Northborough) were named runners up.  View pictures here

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!