Join us at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, March 18th as we work to get additional co-sponsors for SD. 983 An Act prohibiting discrimination against adults with disabilities in family and juvenile court proceedings.
S. 983: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S983/
H. 1487: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1487
We are gathering to work on this legislation to carry on the legacy of disability rights lawyer and activist, Carrie Ann Lucas
. After facing discrimination as a parent with a disability, Carrie went to law school to advocate for other parents with disabilities, then founded Disabled Parents Rights
. Carrie fostered several children with disabilities and adopted 4 children as well.
Creating a Disabled Family: The Life of Carrie Ann Lucas: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2019/02/26/creating-a-disabled-family-the-life-of-carrie-ann-lucas/
SD.1443/HD.3464 would require judges to determine whether or not a parent’s disability causes actual harm to their child before they rely on the parent’s disability as a factor in a custody or parenting time determination. This bill will not cost the state money and may even save the state money by preventing unnecessary foster care placements in child welfare cases.
Join us at the Massachusetts State House if you can on Monday, March 18th, or contact the 31 senators who have not yet co-sponsored this legislation and ask them to do so!
This legislation is sponsored by: Senator Joan B. Lovely
and Representative Kay Khan.
Rep. Bruce Ayers, Rep. Christine Barber, Rep. Paul Brodeur, Rep. Mike Connelly, Rep. Mark Cusack, Rep. Marjorie Decker, Rep. Nika Elugardo, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Rep. Carmine Gentile, Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, Rep. Kenneth Gordon, Rep. James Hawkins, Rep. Stephan Hay, Rep. Jonathan Hecht, Rep. Natalie Higgins, Rep. Bradford Hill, Rep. Kate Hogan, Rep. John Lawn, Rep. David LeBoeuf, Rep. Jack Lewis, Rep. David Linsky, Rep. Joseph McGonagle, Rep. Paul McMurtry, Rep. Liz Miranda, Rep. Matthew Muratore, Rep. James Murphy, Rep. Tram Nguyen, Rep. James O’Day, Rep. Alice Peisch, Rep. Denise Provost, Rep. Maria Robinson, Rep. David Rogers, Rep. Jose Tosado, Rep. Steven Ultrino, Rep. Tommy Vitolo, Rep. Thomas Walsh, Rep. Bud Williams, Senator Michael Barrett, Senator Sal DiDomenico, Senator James Eldridge, Senator Anne Gobi, Senator John Keenan, Senator Patrick O’Connor, Senator Bruce Tarr, and Senator Walter Timilty.
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee — MHLAC
Massachusetts Association for Mental Health
National Association of Social Workers — Mass. Chapter
The United Arc
MetroWest Center for Independent Living
Disability Policy Consortium
Disabled Parenting Project
Veterans Legal Services
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Association for Behavioral Healthcare
Epilepsy Foundation New England
Boston Center for Independent Living
Justice Resource Institute
The Transformation Center