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Executive Director Christine Griffin and Litigation Director Stan Eichner discuss DLC’s annual priority setting process and our new fiscal year 2016 priorities.



DLC Priorities

Disability Law Center is a federally mandated protection and advocacy system with funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Education, and the Social Security Administration.

We are an independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Our team of attorneys, advocates, paralegals, and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across Massachusetts.

Each year, the Disability Law Center (DLC) adopts a plan to focus its work on the greatest threats to the independence of people with disabilities and the most prevalent violations of disability rights laws. The plan includes priorities that we determine based on input from the community.


What Is a Priority?

Our priorities are the goals we work on every day to achieve full equality and justice for people with disabilities.  We have to establish priorities because we do not have the resources necessary to tackle all of the issues facing people with disabilities at one time.

Through public input and our work with clients, we identify problems that are widespread or pose the greatest threat to the independence of people with disabilities. Then we develop priorities to address those problems.

Why Do We Need Priorities?

DLC is the federally mandated protection and advocacy (P&A) system in Massachusetts. We receive most of our funding from the federal government. The majority of our funding must be devoted to the four core functions we are required to address. Priorities guide the work of our legal teams and provide the structure within which we can spend our remaining limited resources.

FY 2017 Priorities (PDF))