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ADA Day    Ed Day at State House    Legislators Forum


Annually, MWCIL participates in regional celebrations of the July 26, 1990 signing of the Americans with Disability Act. Visit our Photos page to see pictures from this year and previous years.


July 21, 2017 - 27th Anniversary

Hanging out in the Shade

DCR helps people with life vests


July 22, 2015 - 25th Anniversary Celebration on the Boston Commons

March Starts

Easter Seals Youth Chain


We had another fun celebration at Dunn Pond State Park in Gardner for the 24th Anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disability Act

Carmen in a canoe


The 2013 Celebration of the 23rd Anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disability Act was August 2 at Dunn Pond State Park in Gardner.

Kayaker volunteers pass out tee shirts


The 2012 Celebration of the 22nd Anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disability Act was a success! Kayaking, hiking, food, music and FUN was had by all.

photo of lunch photo of kayakers

IL Education Day at the State House

The annual Massachusetts Independent Living Education Day is our opportunity to educate our legislators on what independent living means to people with disabilities. We usually organize a trip to the State House for staff and consumers to tell their stories directly to the legislators. Visit our Photo gallery to see photos.


With federal budget cuts looming over our heads, advocates showed appreciation for our MA policies and services by thanking both legislators and Governor Charlie Baker. We also continued to advocate for the Act to Align MA Architectural Access Board (AAB) regulations with the ADA. In 2016, the Senate passed it unanimously, but the House did not vote. See the MASICL webpage for details from the day.

Anne Johansen speaks to the crowdAnne Johansen speaks against nursing homes: ...But the worst part is the abuse, not just what you experience, but even worse the abuse that you witness on other people...

Senator Timilty speaks to the crowdCharlie Carr and Dennis Heaphy speak out

MWCIL Staff strategizesAshley advocates with State Representative Danielle Gregoire


In 2016, we have made a strong push to Align MA AAB regulations with the ADA. This bill has been considered for over 10 years, and would bring MA in compliance with federal standards. It passed the Senate (S1323), but not yet in the House.

Olivia Richards speaks to the crowdMWCIL staff


A key priority for 2015 is to increase housing via the Alternative Housing Voucher program. We also advocated to restore 9C cuts to IL, Align MA AAB regulations with the ADA, to support a Jobs bill and expand Assistive Technology.

MWCIL staffstaff in Rep Roy office

Panorama of the crowd


The 2014 priorities were to increase funding for the IL Centers, for accessible housing, and to fund the new Durable Medical Equipment ReUse Program.

MWCIL staff and consumersState Senator Karen Spilka speaks in support of independent living


The efforts in 2013 are to get $1,100,000 added to the statewide Independent Living budget. Download the flyers that were distributed to legislators. Speakers in 2013 included: MRC Commissioner Charles Carr, State Representative Jeffrey Roy, State Senator Karen Spilka, State Representative Alan Silvia, Nick Kaltsas from SRC, and Courtand Townes III from BCIL and IA Executive Director, Steve Higgins.
State Senator Karen Spilka showed the MWCIL delegation the Senate Chamber state rep Jeff Roy spoke to the group
State Senator Karen Spilka and MRC Commissioner Charlie Carr


MA STATEWIDE INDEPENDENT LIVING EDUCATION DAY at Great Hall in the State House on April 4, 2012
Photo of Staff and Consumers at Statewide IL Education Day, 2012

Download statistics on who has been served by Centers for Independent Living in MA.ma-consumers-served-graphs-2010-1.pdf

Legislators Forum

Each February, MWCIL invites all of our local representatives and senators to join MWCIL and Easter Seals for a discussion about Independent Living and Assistive Technology, and how important they are to the MetroWest community.


A snowstorm limited attendance by legislators this year, but we had a good discussion and surprising turnout. (l-r)Paul Medeiros- President Easter Seals, Eleanor Leach- consumer at Easter Seals, Senator Karen Spilka, Senator Richard Ross
photo of the legislators, MRC, Easter Seals and Paul


top, left to right: Rep. David Linsky, Rep. Carolyn Dykema, Dave Correia, Joan Morris (Easter
Seals), Rep. Chris Walsh, Senator Karen Spilka, Rep Tom Sannicandro, Senator Jamie Eldridge, Randi Sargeant (MRC, ReUse), Rep. Jeff Roy, Ed Carr (MWRTA)

bottom, left to right: Commissioner Charlie Carr (MRC), Joe Bellil (Easter Seals), Paul Spooner and Kirk Joslin (Easter Seals).

Rep. Alice Peisch and Senator Richard Ross stopped by.
photo of the legislators, MRC, Easter Seals and Paul


2014 MetroWest legislators included State Senators Karen Spilka and James Eldridge, and Representatives David Linsky, Danielle Gregoire, Carolyn Dykema and Chris Walsh. Seated are Kirk Joslin (Easter Seals), Paul Spooner (MWCIL) and Joe Bellil (Easter Seals and MWCIL). Consumers from Easter Seals and MWCIL also spoke on behalf of the work accomplished by both organzations.
photo of the legislators and Paul


2013 MetroWest legislators included State Rep. Carolyn Dykema, State Rep. Chris Walsh, State Rep. Tom Conroy and State Rep. David Linsky.
photo of the legislators and Paul


photo of the table at the 2012 Legislator's Forum The 2012 guest list included Senators Karen Spilka and James Eldridge, Representatives Chris Walsh, Tom Sannicandro and Daniel Winslow, Joe Bellil from Easter Seals, Sam, a consumer who spoke for Easter Seals, and MWCIL consumers, Mary, Ron and Richard. Paul and Joe spoke about the needs for this year. The four consumers spoke about how pleased they are with their progress working with Easter Seals and MWCIL. The photo gallery has photos of the day.

Holiday Party

MWCIL and MASILC have a Holiday Open House in December. Consumers, legislators, staff, former staff, and friends of MWCIL are invited. Photos from previous years are found on our Photos page .

Gala Fundraiser and Awards night

The annual Awards celebration is held in the fall.
Visit our Awards page and learn about our awardees.

My Medicaid Matter Rally on September 21, 2011

The national rally was held in Washington. Dave from MWCIL attended with others from MA. We have photos on our Photos page. The video is from the National Council on Independent Living.

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