Disability Law Center of MA


  • Overview of Organization and Services:
    The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. DLC receives federal, state and private funding but is not part of the state or federal government.

    Our Mission
    To provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.

    The Disability Law Center (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 systems in fulfilling their mandate, Congress gave them extensive access authority.

    As the P&A for Massachusetts, DLC may:
    Investigate incidents of abuse and neglect
    Provide information, referrals and training about the rights of people with disabilities and about DLC’s services.
    Monitor compliance with respect to the rights and safety of individuals with disabilities[4] and
    Pursue administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of the rights of individuals with
  • Additional Info:
    We encourage you to call us. Even if we cannot take your case, it is important that DLC (as the Protection and Advocacy agency) is aware of the problems people with disabilities are facing throughout the Commonwealth.


  • Demographics Served:
    Adults: 19+, Families, Seniors: 60+
  • City/Towns Served:
    Amesbury, Newbury (incl. Byfield), Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury
  • Types of Services Provided:
    Legal Assistance