July 8, 2014
Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross joined with the Senate in voting for legislation that aims to assist individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. This legislation is a direct product of the research compiled by the Governor’s Special Commission Relative to Autism, which Senator Ross was appointed to in 2010.
“I have been a long-time advocate for Autism awareness and research, and was privileged to assist in drafting this legislation. With autism diagnoses on the rise in Massachusetts, this bill will lead to improving access to care and services for those living with autism, and I’m proud that the Senate was able to pass this today,” said Senator Ross.
The bill itself will create a 35 member commission within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services that will make strategic recommendations and monitor the implementation of policies impacting individuals with autistic spectrum disorders. The bill also expands the services of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) as well as programs working to help those who need it most.
Additionally, to help support a successful learning environment, the bill requires administrators and teachers to have training in strategies for effective inclusive schooling for children with autism.
The Senate and House will now produce a compromise bill for final passage and consideration of the Governor.
Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.