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DPPC to Hold a Public Hearing and Accept Comments on Proposed Amendments to Regulations

The Disabled Persons Protection Commission (“DPPC”) will hold a public hearing on April 15, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the DPPC’s Office at 300 Granite Street, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184, to receive comments with regard to the proposed amendments, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 19C, §3(b), (i), and M.G.L. c. 30A, to the following regulations: 118 CMR 1.00 through 14.00: Disabled Persons Protection Commission. The DPPC performed a complete review of Title 118, and is proposing various amendments to its regulations. These amendments are designed to: clarify or update regulatory terms; revise the regulations to utilize person-first language; remove obsolete and/or duplicative terms or provisions; streamline administrative processes; and better reflect current operating procedures.

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Awareness & Action

The Awareness and Action curriculum was developed by persons with disabilities in partnership with the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI). The curriculum, film and accompanying materials were created to educate persons with disabilities and others about the difficult subject matter of abuse committed against persons with disabilities.

The Awareness & Action curriculum, taught by persons with disabilities and others, introduces the abuse of persons with disabilities through five powerful video vignettes, a PowerPoint slide presentation, group activities, skits and worksheets. The comprehensive three-hour training closely examines how to recognize, report and respond to five different types of abuse — physical, sexual, neglect, verbal and financial. At the end of the three-hour training, participants take home reporting and learning materials which include a backpack, state and local resources and more. An Awareness & Action DVD of Abuse Stories and participant workbook are also provided to agencies and individuals interested in follow-up training.

The Awareness & Action training is intended for persons with disabilities, support staff, family members, social service agencies working with people with disabilities, health care professionals, educators and other professionals

For more information or to schedule training, please contact Jennifer Edwards-Hawkins:
email: Jennifer.Edwards-Hawkins@State.MA.US
phone: 617-727-6465 x211