To the editor:
On Friday, April 6, the first Northeast Regional Legislative Breakfast was held at Middlesex Community College in Bedford. The event was led by LifeLinks Inc., members of citizen advisory boards in the region, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, and The ARC of Massachusetts.
In Massachusetts, there are over 39,696 people eligible for intellectual/ developmental disabled services from the Department of Developmental Services. The idea was to bring regional legislators to one annual event to hear about issues facing this population.
The event drew approximately 125 people. Those attending were advocates, representatives of provider agencies, and family members of the disabled.
The committee organizing this event sent invitations, made timely calls and received commitments from local politicians to attend. Still, those committed did not show.
I was a citizen of the commonwealth for more than 70 years, and I certainly understand that representatives and senators have priorities, especially during budget time. However, the event did reflect missing local representatives and senators.
Those who did attend included state Reps. Paul Tucker, Chris Walsh, Paul Brodeur and aides from Sen. Bruce Tarr’s office, along with aides from the offices of Reps. David Nangle, Marc Lombardo and Kate Hogan. All are appreciated more than they know.
For those representatives and senators who were invited, and those who committed but did not show, most of this disabled population may not vote, but their families do.
Member, Lowell Citizens Advisory Board