Friday, December 9, 2011

Tough Holiday Tradition in Massachusetts

Came across this column by Gary Blumenthal, president and CEO of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, based in Framingham, Mass.

So many of us look forward to the holidays for the chance to share special times with friends and family, to toast the past months and relish the opportunities in the new year ahead. It is a time of hope, and the optimism many feel is real and near.
But that is largely not the case for the thousands of people living with significant disabilities in Massachusetts, nor is it for their families and friends, who number in the hundreds of thousands. For them, the change of the calendar means repeating the same frustrating steps as previous years – the ritualistic begging and pleading to the Commonwealth’s leaders to fund necessary supports and services that they need to survive.

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