Nicky was abused by a staff member at his day program, an allegation that was substantiated by the Disabled Persons Protection Commission. Much to the shock of Nicky's family, this person went on to work at another agency, potentially mistreating or abusing other people with disabilities.
Protecting the safety and dignity of some of the most vulnerable people in our Commonwealth is a top priority. For well over a year, The Arc of Massachusetts has been building support for legislation that will do just that. Working closely with stakeholders and bill sponsors, we helped to write Nicky's Law, to prevent future instances of abuse. The law will create a registry of individuals against whom there is a substantiated finding of abuse or neglect of a person served through the Department of Developmental Services. Provider agencies will be required to check the registry before hiring a new employee.
The Arc of Massachusetts can't do this important work without you. Only with your commitment and generosity will people with intellectual and developmental disabilities get the services and supports that they need and deserve.
You make all the difference.