A voice for children.

MAC has become the leading advocate in the state protecting the rights of students with disabilities, conducting effective legislative and administrative advocacy, developing training curricula to empower parents, providing technical assistance or representation to low-income parents, convening a statewide coalition, and mobilizing parents and advocates to defend special education.

MAC’s legislative successes resulted in many new provisions in the law, for example: requiring school districts to establish special education PACs (Parent Advisory Councils); strengthening parents independent evaluation rights; assuring the provision of home and hospital services; establishing an MCAS appeals process for students with disabilities; maintaining critical due process protections; establishing rights of parents and their experts to observe their child’s classroom; and re-establishing age 14 as the initiation of transition services. Read more about our legislative advocacy in the Legislation Success section of our website.