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Legislative Action Network is Now Web-based

Easter Seals Legislative Action Network (LAN) members now find it easier than ever to inform their federal and state legislators about issues that are important to people with disabilities.

The LAN makes greater use of the Internet to update members about fast-breaking, important issues.  Through the enhanced use of the Web, members can also receive templates of letters that they can modify and send to their legislators with the click of a button.

“Easter Seals is deeply committed to protecting services that enable people with disabilities to expand their independence,” Joe Bellil, Easter Seals vice president of public affairs, said.  “Through this project, we are able to more carefully watch both state and federal issues and respond in a timelier, more effective matter.”

Members also have online access to Easter Seals’ legislative priorities, as well as contact information for their state senators and representatives and helpful links.  The project is a joint effort with national Easter Seals.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact

Easter Seals Massachusetts Public Affairs at legislative@eastersealsma.org.



Rep. Markey, Sheila and Kirk

Easter Seals Honors Congressman Markey with Advocacy Award

Easter Seals President Kirk Joslin, right, recently presented U.S. Rep. Ed Markey with the Easter Seals Outstanding Advocate Award for Elected Officials.  This national award is presented annually to an elected or appointed federal, state or municipal official who has made a significant impact on the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Markey introduced the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was passed in 2010.  This law enables Americans with disabilities to use a wide range of devices and services, including smart phones, to access the Internet, closed captioning for online video, audio descriptions of television programming, audible emergency alerts and other technologies.

Also shown in the photo is Sheila Joslin.  The congressman, who represents the Massachusetts 7th district, received the award Aug. 28 at an event in Holliston.


 Senator Brown visit

Senator Scott Brown and his wife Gail try out the Tobii C12 with the CEye Module by Tobii ATI of Dedham. Kristi Peak Oliveira demonstrated various assistive technologies during this tour of Easter Seals Massachusetts Technology and Training Center in Boston on March 30, 2012.

  Sam Klobucher and Rep. WalshSam Klobucher demonstration for Rep. Sannicandrow

During the MetroWest Legislative Roundtable on February 17, 2012, Sam Klobucher advocated on behalf of Easter Seals Massachusetts for assistive technology. Sam described how he uses his DynaVox computer to communicate and the importance of more people with disabilities having more rights and access to new technologies. Paul Spooner, Executive Director for the MetroWest Center for Independent Living, explained how essential Independent Living Services are to people with disabilities. The following legislators were in attendance: Senator Jamie Eldridge, Senator Karen E. Spilka, Representative Tom Sannicandro, Representative Chris Walsh and Representative Dan Winslow.


Legislative Roundable discussion

The 6th annual Central Massachusetts roundtable sponsored by the Center for Living & Working, Elder Services of Worcester Area and Easter Seals Massachusetts was held on Friday, February 10, 2012. We thank Senator Michael Moore, Senator Flanagan’s District Director- Carly Antonellis, Rep. Peter Durant, Rep. Paul Frost, Rep. Peterson- David Muradian, Legislative Aide, Rep. John Mahoney and Rep. Jim O'Day for being part of today's successful roundtable. We also thank our guest speakers Debbie Malone and Cindy Purcell who graciously shared their insightful stories with us.


Legislative Roundable discussion


Legislative Roundable discussion






On Friday, January 28, 2011, Easter Seals Massachusetts, Elder Services of Worcester Area and the Center for Living & Working Inc. hosted a legislative roundtable with eight local state legislators.  Clients shared their stories on how the services from the three organizations helped them remain independent in the community. 

Congressman Frank visit

 Congressman Barney Frank visited our Technical and Training Center in New Bedford on February 18th. The Congressman learned about our services in the Bristol County area. (L to r: Michelli Ruffinelli, Administrative Assistant ; Pauline Hamel, Easter Seals Board Member; Congressman Frank;  Joe Bellil, VP of Public Affairs  and Kristen Stanton, Director of Business and Strategic Development.) 

Legislative Roundtable

On Friday, January 22, 2010,  Easter Seals Massachusetts and the Center for Living & Working Inc. hosted a Legislative Roundtable with nine local state legislators.  Clients shared their stories on how various disability services help them remain independent in the community. 

 Secretary of Elder Affairs

Easter Seals’s Assistive Technology Regional Center (ATRC) Associate, Catherine Bly, demonstrates assistive technology to the new Secretary of Elder Affairs, Ann L. Hartstein (second from the right) and Martina Jackson (first from the right), Director of Communications and Outreach, at our Easter Seals Technology & Training Center in Boston on July 16, 2009.

John Kerry's advisor makes a visit

Meghan Leahy, Policy Advisor to Senator John F. Kerry, visited our Technology and Training Center in downtown Boston on February 18, 2009. Ms. Leahy, who has supervised one of our youth interns in the learned about our Job Training and Employment Programs and the Assistive Technology Regional Center. (L to r: Meghan Leahy, Colleen Flanagan, Katie Krusinski and Nancy Thibault).

 Legislative breakfast

 On Friday, January 23, 2009 Easter Seals Massachusetts, The REDD Group (a local grassroots advocacy group); and the Center for Living & Working hosted a Legislative Breakfast with ten local state legislators participating.

Congressman Capuano

 Congressman Michael E. Capuano visited our Technology and Training Center in downtown Boston on January 12th. The Congressman learned about our Job Training and Employment Programs and the Assistive Technology Regional Center. (L to r: Cathy Bly, Katie Krusinski, Congressman Michael E. Capuano, Joe Bellil, Alex Cassie, Nancy Thibault, Colleen Flanagan, Kristen Perullo (Congressman’s District Representative) and AnnMarie Latella).

Visit to our JTE office in boston

  Julie M. Ryder, Senator Kennedy’s lead education policy assistant, visited our Technology and Training Center in downtown Boston on December 15th.  She learned about our Job Training and Employment Programs and the Assistive Technology Regional Center L to r: Nancy Thibault, Julie Ryder, Cindy Aiken, Kirk Joslin, Colleen Flanagan, Joan Morris, AnnMarie Latella and Joe Bellil).

JTE mcgovern group

 Congressman McGovern with clients from the Department of Transitional Assistance, Workforce Central, Veterans program, youth and private pay.  Easter Seals prides itself in serving all ages and all abilities.


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