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This year, we are advocating for funding Assistive Technology at the FY20 level and for fully funding The Youth Leadership Forum and The Youth Leadership Network programs. Please click here to take action.
Legislative Priorities 2020
1. Easterseals will seek to add $630,000 to The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s (MRC) budget line item 4120-4000 to fund these two important programs:
2. Easterseals will seek to increase the commonwealth's commitment to the employment of people with disabilities.
We will work to get the state to require companies who contract with the Executive Offices of the Commonwealth to commit to hiring people with disabilities and training all employees involved in hiring decisions on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We will also advocate to have the state hire more people with disabilities as state employees and continue to be a Model Employer. Click Here for more information.
3. Easterseals will support the Youth Leadership Network's advocacy for Disability History to be taught in public school curriculum. Get Involved with the #TeachDisabilityHistory Social Media Campaign
Easterseals Massachusetts is a member of the Disability Voting Task Force and encourages people with disabilities to register to vote, to get educated on the candidates and issues, and to get to the polls! http://revupma.org/wp/
How to register to vote: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
Voting information for people with disabilities: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleaccessible/accessibleidx.htm
Find your State Senator and Representative: malegislature.gov
Search online for any disability issue: https://www.disabilityinfo.org/
Massachusetts Office on Disability, DISABILITY RIGHTS LAWS IN MASSACHUSETTS (PDF): http://www.mass.gov/anf/docs/mod/disability-law-booklet.pdf
List of Massachusetts Independent Living Centers: http://www.masilc.org/membership/cils
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990. Easterseals was a leading advocate for this act and actively lobbied in Washinton, D.C., and nationwide. Find out about the history of this act and what Easterseals is doing today! Click here to find out more.