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Improving the Lives of People with Disabilities  


Boston – The Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), Massachusetts’ largest civil rights organization for people with disabilities, is honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino and two other Bostonians for their fervent commitment to improving the lives of persons with disabilities.


“Over the last five years, the City of Boston has taken major steps to improve accessibility for people with disabilities,” says DPC Board Member, Dr. Burton Pusch.  “Mayor Menino has revitalized Boston’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities and personally led the City’s efforts to improve access to pedestrian sidewalks and curb ramps.”


The DPC Inaugural Awards Reception and Fundraiser will also honor MaryLou Maloney and William “Bill” Allan of Roslindale who served sequentially as Executive Directors of the DPC during its first sixteen years. “Bill and MaryLou were instrumental in forming the organization, putting DPC on the map, and encouraging people with disabilities to advocate for the issues that impact their everyday lives.” noted John Winske, Event Chair for the DPC.  “They are a dynamic couple and have had long careers in the self-advocacy movement. They did not speak for people; instead they made sure the oppressed could find their own voice.”


The DPC is Massachusetts’ only statewide cross-disability advocacy organization bringing together people with an expansive range of disabilities to work towards a common agenda.  The Consortium is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have a seat at the table when public policy is being developed in the Commonwealth. 


The Commonwealth Care Alliance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts have joined the DPC as lead sponsors for this event.


The DPC Inaugural Awards Reception and Fundraiser will be held on October 3, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the 1199SEIU Local, 150 Mount Vernon Street in Dorchester, MA, 02125. 


If you’d like more information about this event, would like to purchase tickets or arrange an interview, please contact Liz Hardy-Jackson at 617.680.2599 or e-mail Liz at lizhardy@dpcma.org.


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