My name is David Kassel and I am Director of Communications for the Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates (COFAR, Inc.), on whose behalf I often blog and cross-post on this site. I have also taught public budgeting, statistics, and program evaluation as an adjunct instructor at a number of local colleges and universities. I'm the author of "Managing Public Sector Projects," which is available on Amazon. My email is davidskassel@gmail.com

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DDS upholds complete ban on family contact with developmentally disabled woman…Case shows why voters feel abandoned by the political system

Court statements show DDS employees held a bias against family members seeking to visit Chelsea Barr

Warren nails her theses to the Dems’ church door

A powerful discussion. - promoted by Bob_Neer

A gritty new book on a survivor of Belchertown State School

Father and sister banned from all contact with developmentally disabled woman because they cried when they saw her

Guardianship under fire by the same groups that oppose congregate care and support privatization

More than six months later, Andy McDonald still has no legal representation in his guardianship case (with update)

Proposed changes to DDS behavioral and restraints regs would subtract protections, add vagueness

Baker administration concedes some congregate care for the developmentally disabled is good, but will still largely prohibit it

The Massachusetts Legislature and governor are leaving the state’s most vulnerable citizens behind