Jim Brett to be honored by The Price Center for disabilities advocacy

BOSTON – On October 5, 2012, New England Council President & CEO James T. Brett will be honored by The Price Center, a regional leader in providing care to adults with developmental disabilities, for his work as an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.  Mr. Brett will be honored at the organization’s 22nd Annual Gala, which will be held at the Marriot Copley Place hotel in Boston.  Broadway star Bernadette Peters will provide entertainment at the gala, and Joseph P. Kennedy, III, candidate for U.S. Congress, will introduce Mr. Brett.

“As a longtime advocate for people with disabilities, I have always admired the exceptional care and employment opportunities that The Price Center provides for people with disabilities in this region ,” Mr. Brett said.  “Our community is incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful resource available and I am truly humbled to be honored with this award.

Mr. Brett, a Dorchester resident, has served as the President & CEO of the New England Council, a non-partisan business organization representing businesses throughout the six New England states, since 1996.  Prior to joining the Council, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for over 15 years.  Throughout his career, Mr. Brett has been an outspoken advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.  In May 2011, President Barack Obama appointed him the Chairman of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  Mr. Brett also currently serves as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability, and served as Co-Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Inpatient Study Commission. Mr. Brett is a member of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps and The New England Center for Children. Mr. Brett also serves on the Board of Advocates of Bay Cove Human Services, Inc., the Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.

Mr. Brett’s humanitarian work has been recognized by a number of organizations, including Action for Boston Community Development, Massachusetts Special Olympics, and Hospice of Boston, who named him Humanitarian of the Year.  In 1996, Bay Cove Human Services of Boston named a new community home for disabled adults “Brett House” in his honor.  Mr. Brett also received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Massachusetts Special Olympics in 2008.  In 2009 and 2011, the Boston Red Sox invited him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park in recognition of his national contributions in support of people with intellectual disabilities.

For more than thirty years, people with disabilities and their families from throughout the greater Boston area have relied on The Price Center for residential, day habilitation and employment programs that foster clients’ self-confidence and maximize their physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities. The Price Center began in 1977 by offering vocational services to disabled adults in Newton, Massachusetts. The Center’s first day habilitation program was launched in Dedham in 1987. Ten years later, The Price Center began its residential programs, taking ownership of Humanity House in Brookline. Since then, The Price Center opened three additional residences, expanded its day habilitation program to Newton and established a robust employment services program, also in Newton.

Tickets to the gala are $200 and can be purchased through The Price Center’s website at www.ThePriceCenter.org or by calling 617-244-0065.

The New England Council, the country’s oldest regional business organization, is an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the region.  The Council is dedicated to identifying and supporting federal public policies and articulating the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England.  The NEC is also committed to working with public and private sector leaders across the region and in Washington through educational programs and forums for information exchange.  For more information, please visit: www.newenglandcouncil.com.

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