Be an advocate and ally for people with disabilities.

Massachusetts legislators are planning next year’s budget and we need your help! We need to increase funding to hire and keep great human services professionals to support the people we serve with the services and supports they need.

2022 Advocacy Efforts

Ready to advocate with a Massachusetts legislator?

Through mid-May, contact your Massachusetts State Senator. Find your legislator.

  • Explain how crucial trained staff is for the care of your loved one.
  • Share your personal story with a photo, if possible. See story examples from Cape Cod Times.
  • Ask for support on the budget line items below. See 2-page fact sheet about budget priorities:
    DDS 5911-2000: $51 million for day/employment to reflect 85% occupancy in programs
    DDS 5920-2025: $9 million in transportation to ensure transport to day programs
    1599-6903: An additional $350 million to the Chapter 257 Reserve to increase direct care salaries (approval moves essential staff into the $20 per hour range and above)

Community Connections encourages you to use your voice to ensure sustained support for the people we serve. Want to advocate with us? Let us know how you would like to help.

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Community Connections is a proud member of the following organizations which promote advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Massachusetts

The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families.

The Arc fulfills this mission through advocacy for community supports and services that foster social inclusion, self-determination, and equity across all aspects of society.

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David Caron's artwork – expressing what “change” means – won first prize in a statewide contest to appear on ADDP's calendar cover. David is a Community Connections client.

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Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP)

ADDP's mission is to promote and ensure strength of community-based providers, so provider members can be successful in improving quality, access and value of services in the community.

ADDP is committed to enhancing the political, financial, and educational health of member organizations that serve people with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

Providers' Council

The Providers’ Council is a statewide association of primarily nonprofit, community-based organizations that provide human services, health, education and vocational supports to 1 in 10 residents in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Learn more about the issues facing human services providers on the Providers’ Council website.

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Support Us and Our Efforts

Through a person-centered approach, we design individualized programs that build on the strengths of the whole person, enabling them to live as independently as possible in their community.

We count on donors like you, so our clients can continue to reach their goals through therapies and activities.