MA21 Forward

Implementing a 21st Century Disability Policy


This document was developed in 2008 and updated in 2011 by the Massachusetts Alliance for 21st Century Disability Policy (MA21). It is intended for families and individuals- as well as elected officials and other policymakers- to help them conceptualize what a comprehensive disability policy can and should look like. MA21 is a partnership of some of the Commonwealth’s leading statewide disability advocacy organizations: Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC), Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS), Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC), and The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc), with additional contributions from Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) and the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC), and the Disability Law Center (DLC), Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN) and the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN).

We hope and expect that other advocacy organizations and providers will embrace this document as well, creating consensus on a unified framework through which to view and improve public policy for individuals with disabilities and their families.

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