At a recent State House gathering of constituents who are blind and their advocates, state Senator Mike Barrett, D-Lexington, was named Legislator of the Year for his commitment to people who are blind or visually impaired. Barrett recently served as Senate Chair of the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
“Senator Barrett has made it a priority to reach out to all groups of people with disabilities, including those with blindness and deafblindness,” said Kim Charlson, Director of the Perkins Library. “He’s a true advocate and a real friend to people with disabilities.”
In late October, Gov. Patrick signed three major disabilities bills into law at Fenway Park. In addition to Real Lives, in which I was personally involved, the governor put his signature on a bill expanding services for people with autism and on another strengthening background check requirements for those who work with individuals with disabilities.