The year 2017 ended with a bang in the advocacy arena at the DPC. If you are on the PCA program, you should have received a letter from the Commonwealth informing you of delays in implementing Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). While expected, it is still good news at the end of this year.
Along with other advocates, we are asking both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to look at our privacy concerns. We are also working with advocates from across the country who are horrified at what is happening in their states. In Ohio, consumers received EVV devices with cameras and microphones.
We will continue our leadership in opposing EVV in Massachusetts.
You may remember a recent editorial about
things I am not thankful for
. One of them was the new requirements for ID cards to enter One Ashburton Place. Well .DPC Board member Penny Shaw went to work and soon there was a
front page story in the Boston Globe
Bing, bang, boom and one day later
State Representative Steve Ultrino (D-Malden) and State Senator Barbara L'Italien (D-Andover) announced legislation ensuring no-fee access to state IDs for low-income Massachusetts residents. The proposal would allow people living below 300% of the federal poverty level to receive a state ID for free.
Before you could blink an eye, the ACLU and legal service organizations got involved. It turns out security at Ashburton Place are not only checking IDs they are scanning them and saving digital images. This is a disturbing development. We will continue to keep you updated on this issue.
in due time, we will update you on our advocacy agenda for 2018. Rest assured we will continue our leadership in protecting the rights of all people with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.