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Throughout its long history, LifeLinks has been a strong advocate for persons with developmental disabilities.

Our original founding families formed this organization to protect the rights of their disabled children and to provide opportunities that would enhance their lives.  Today LifeLinks continues to maintain that commitment to preserve and protect the rights of persons served.

At LifeLinks, we fulfill our mission every day by providing individualized quality supports and services that focus on the strengths and capabilities of each person.

It is often attitudinal barriers that affect everyday life for people with developmental disabillities.  In addressing those bariers through positive awareness efforts, attitudinal barriers can be replaced with knowledge, understanding, and acceptance.

Human Rights Committee

The LifeLinks Human Rights Committee meets quarterly to review clinical services and general rights issues of persons served.  This volunteer committee is comprised of parents, community advocates, a registered nurse, and an attorney.  Topics reviewed by the committee have included how we are viewed in the community; successful management and education of the public about our cause and our individuals; how environments are adapted in our services to promote access while addressing safety concerns; and reviewing behavior interventions and investigations by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) on incidents involving persons served by the agency. Meetings are attended by officers from each LifeLinks program site and a representative from DDS.

Self Advocates Group

LifeLinks has a self-advocacy group that operates through the day habilitation program. Individuals from that group present at committee meetings and are members of MASS (Mass Advocates Standing Strong), a statewide organization started and governed by people with developmental disabilities. This group’s mission is to empower and educate self-advocates to make choices that improve and enrich their lives.

Legislative Action

Funding for programs supporting people with developmental disabilities is dependent on state budgets.  When families and friends of people with developmental disabilities stay informed about budget issues affecting the disabled and make their opinions known to state legislators, they can make a difference!  Click here to contact your Massachusetts state legislator.

Stay informed about issues affecting the developmentally disabled with these partner organizations:

 

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