Vinfen attended the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers’ (ADDP) Annual Legislative Luncheon on January 24 in the Great Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House. The event is a chance for legislators to meet with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members, advocates and self-advocates, and service providers, such as Vinfen, who are interested in advancing the cause of disability rights in the Commonwealth. To help this cause, attendees were given ADDP’s list of budget recommendations to better support individuals with disabilities live, learn, and work in Massachusetts.
ADDP President and CEO Gary Blumenthal hosted the event and thanked present legislators for their continual support. State Representative Jeff Roy then received the House Member of the Year Award and State Senator Jennifer Flanagan was the recipient of Senator of the Year Award. Both were honored for supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be active members of their communities. In turn, the legislators were compassionate and understanding to the people and organizations that help these individuals become productive community members. Department of Disabilities Services Commissioner Elin Howe and State Representative Kay Khan also spoke at the luncheon. In addition, State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg stressed the states senate’s commitment to providing services to Massachusetts citizens despite possible future changes in federal funding.