MFOFC is excited to announce a new webinar series focused on housing. The webinar series will kick off next month and feature topics and experts from across the state. Our first webinar, “From Dream to Reality: Plotting the Course for Person-Centered Living,” is on September 19 at 1 p.m. This webinar will feature a conversation […]
Welcome Haran… to a new position at MFOFC!
We are stoked to announce the latest addition to the MFOFC team! You might recognize Haran, because she formerly served as our Central regional coordinator. Haran is stepping into a new position with MFOFC: Director of Development. You can get to know Haran by reading her bio: Before accepting the position as MFOFC’s Director of […]
Calling all Family Leaders! DDS and DMH seeking input on Services and Supports to Meet the Needs of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
We received the important message from our network about the following *urgent* input opportunity from DDS and DMH! Thanks to Cathy Boyle at Autism Housing Pathways for this important information! DDS and DMH are seeking information from YOU “to provide DDS and DMH with information about what services are necessary to best meet the community […]
Campamento de Abogacía – Oportunidad Exclusiva!
La Región del Noreste de Familias de Massachusetts Organizadas para el Cambio (Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change) le invita participar en un Campamento de Abogacía ESPECIAL. Esta sesión del campamento de Abogacía tendrá lugar en Malden, Massachusetts, en las fechas siguientes: September 25, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 16, 2019 La fecha […]
Policy News for July 2019
ADA ANNIVERSARY This month, advocates across the country have been celebrating the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law July 26, 1990. The ADA bans discrimination on the basis of disability in the areas of employment, public accommodation, public services, transportation and telecommunications. In the wake of the […]
Southeast Family Leadership Series Now Taking Applications
The 28th SE Family Leadership Series will kick off November 2019! The Family Leadership Series focuses on supporting families to advocate for their family member with disabilities to live in their communities as naturally and typically as desired. Families who have completed the series have: pulled seats up to the table to impact policy and decision […]
Partner Updates – June 2019
Check out some highlights from across the state from our partners! The Disability Law Center, Massachusett’s Protection & Advocacy organization, is working on setting its priorities for 2020. The DRC wants to hear from you! Learn more about their current priorities and how you can help at https://www.dlc-ma.org/we-need-your-input/ MASS Advocates Standing Strong Annual Self-Advocacy Conference […]
Central Coordinator Position OPEN
MFOFC, in partnership with HMEA, is seeking a qualified candidate for the Central Coordinator position. The description is below: HMEA seeks a part time (approx. 20 hours/week) person in Central MA to implement annually: a three weekend – leadership training series and additional series of transition workshops for interested families who have members with disabilities […]
From the Desk of Sue Crosby: MFOFC Western Region Updates
Here are some other things that have been going on in the West: Social Media Safety Workshop a Success Last year at the 2018 DDS Family Support Conference, I attended at breakout session on social media safety. Following the presentation , I was asked by several family support providers if it would be possible to […]
UMass Amherst Partnership Advancing Advocacy!
Sue Crosby, the MFOFC West Regional Coordinator, has been helping advise a group of students from UMass Amherst who are completing service learning/capstone projects related to disability rights and advocacy. Dental Health Bill Raj, one of the students Sue has been working with, started a petition to promote bill HD 3436 / SD 1942 : […]