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Advocacy

Advocacy with and on behalf of people with disabilities is core to our mission. We believe everyone deserves access to innovative, comprehensive care and a say in their health and well-being.

A voice for the rights of people with varying abilities

Advocacy takes many forms across the entire continuum of patient care. For example, we promote efforts that connect individuals with disabilities with resources and supports to remain safe and healthy following discharge, including support groups as well as clinical care. We embrace the concepts of universal design, as installed at our state-of-the-art facility in Charlestown. The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is a leader in workforce development for people with disabilities. We also work to enhance the communities we serve through legislative advocacy.

Current advocacy initiatives

  • Adaptive Sports

    We have centers dedicated to enabling adults and children of all abilities to lead active, healthy lives through adaptive sports and recreational activities.

  • Council on Disability Awareness

    The Council on Disability Awareness (CDA) comprises employees from throughout the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners HealthCare at Home to promote and empower people with disabilities.

  • Project SEARCH

    Spaulding works with students like Shadair to provide job skills through the Project SEARCH program.

  • Working Partners

    The Working Partners Program is a partnership between the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission centered on employment for people with disabilities.

Partners in patient advocacy

We are proud to partner with a number of area organizations to drive our advocacy mission and elevate the care and attention to Healthcare issues most important to our patients and our community.

American Red Cross Boston Center for Independent Living
Brain Injury Association Cambridge Commission for People with Disabilities
Disability Law Center Easter Seals
Federation for Children with Special Needs Goodwill Industries
Institute for Human Centered Design Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation/Universal Access
National Spinal Cord Injury Association Project Search
Partners for Youth with Disabilities Vinfen/Gateway Arts
Work Without Limits  

Get involved

We invite you to learn more about our many opportunities to become involved in disability advocacy. Whether through volunteerism, philanthropy or your leadership, we look forward to growing our ongoing partnership with the community.

Give to support people with disabilities.

Patient rehabbing

There are many ways to advocate for positive changes for people with disabilities. As a 501c3 charity, our network – and the people we serve – continue to benefit from the help of generous donors.