News Flash


Dear Colleagues:

It is my pleasure to introduce the new Chair of the Disabled Persons Protection Commission, James T. Brett.  Chair Brett’s qualifications for this position are unmatched.  His remarkable career includes extensive work in public service and with various professional and charitable organizations where Chair Brett zealously advocated for the needs of persons with disabilities.  While the list of these positions is too long to reproduce in its entirety, a few highlights include:

  • Past Chairman and current Member of The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities;
  • Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability;
  • Member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities;
  • Honorary Board of Directors member of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts;
  • Member of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program;
  • National Advisory Board Member of the National Autism Center; and
  • Past President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health. 

While Mr. Brett’s extensive civic and humanitarian service is too voluminous to list, it paints a portrait of an individual who has spent a lifetime championing for persons with disabilities.  I recently had the opportunity to introduce Chair Brett to the DPPC staff, as well as attend the first Commissioner’s meeting under his leadership.  Mr. Brett’s personal and professional passion for advancing the interest of individuals with disabilities was overwhelming.  I look forward to working with him in the coming years, and I am confident that while Mr. Brett serves as Chair, the DPPC will continue to advance its vital mission of protecting individuals with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth. 

Yours truly,

Nancy A. Alterio
Executive Director

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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