We operate under the following Principles of Advocacy


  • Independence – To have control
  • Productivity – To work or make other contributions to a household or community
  • Integration – Right to the same opportunities, services, community resources as all other Americans
  • Inclusion – To fully participate, be welcome in social educational, work and community life


What We Do


We provide information, referral, technical assistance and representation regarding legal rights and services for people with disabilities.

We provide legal services to eligible people and groups whose cases meet DLC’s priorities.

Read Our 2018 Priorities

We seek to strike a balance between systemic advocacy and individual representation.
Our experienced lawyers and paralegals conduct trainings for community groups and other advocacy organizations.


Who We Serve


People with disabilities. DLC provides legal services to people in Massachusetts who have a wide range of physical, psychiatric, sensory and cognitive disabilities.

People with disability related problems.  DLC serves individuals who experience discrimination, abuse or neglect or denial of services because of their disability. DLC does not handle general legal problems such as obtaining a divorce, filing for bankruptcy or trust & estate issues.

People with disabilities whose legal problem falls within a priority. Demand for DLC’s services far exceeds our resources. DLC adopts annual priorities based on input from people with disabilities. Priorities are available upon request or can be seen on the DLC website.

People with disabilities whose case has merit and DLC has the staff time and resources necessary to resolve the issue. Given DLC’s limited resources, DLC must concentrate staff time and funding on cases that meet our priorities and will make a significant impact for people with disabilities.


Our Protection and Advocacy Agency Access Authority


DLC is the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agency for Massachusetts. The P&A system is a national network of disability rights agencies investigating abuse and neglect and providing legal representation and other advocacy services to people with disabilities. To aid P&A Agencies in fulfilling their mandate, Congress gave them extensive access authority.

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