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Developmental Disabilities Providers Fete Legislative Leaders

Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers of Framingham says Linsky, Creem are tops.

From left to right, Diane Gould, president and CEO of Advocates, Inc., Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, and Gary Blumenthal, ADDP President & CEO. Courtesy
From left to right, Diane Gould, president and CEO of Advocates, Inc., Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, and Gary Blumenthal, ADDP President & CEO. Courtesy
During its annual legislative luncheon held at the Great Hall in the State House on Jan. 29, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) of Framingham presented awards to two legislators for their leadership in helping those with disabilities. 

Cynthia Stone Creem, D-Newton, was presented with the "Senator of the Year" award, while state Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick, was name "Representative of the Year."

Diane Gould, president and CEO of Advocates, Inc., of Framingham, saluted Linsky noting "his strong commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities, and his tireless advocacy for the workforce that supports them has garnered the respect and gratitude of the entire disability community.” 

Mr. Scott M. Bock, President/CEO of Riverside Community Care, and a constituent and member of ADDP, stated: "Senator Creem has a long history of making sure that individuals with intellectual disabilities are well-represented in the Senate. We are very happy to have her on our side.”

Representing 130 members, the ADDP is a diverse group of community-based providers of services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. The membership holds more than 95 percent of the Department of Developmental Service's community residential, day and family support contracts. ADDP has and continues to aggressively work to resolve the serious workforce issues that pertain to providers that support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries. 

Submitted by Krina Patel of The Suffolk Group

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