The UMass Dartmouth Center for Rehabilitation Engineering (CRE) and the SHARE Foundation has received a critical piece of funding from the Massachusetts State Legislature that will allow that partnership to continue serving hundred of individuals with profound disabilities. Because of legislative efforts spearheaded by the region's local delegation, the fiscal year 2004 state budget includes $200,000 for the UMass Dartmouth CRE.
For more than twenty years, the CRE/SHARE partnership located at the University of Massachusetts has been dedicated to developing technology communication solutions for children and adults with severe disabilities. SHARE and the Center have served over 2,000 clients. This funding provides the Center with resources necessary to develop and provide complex communications systems and services to hundreds of children and adults with profound disabilities. Without the funding, the Center would have been forced to discontinue service to these individuals.
Longtime CRE supporter, Senator Mark Montigny of New Bedford spearheaded this extraordinary legislative effort in the Senate, while support in the House was a model of cooperative legislative activity.
"It was really the staunch support of my close friend and long-time SHARE Board member Donald C. Howard that opened my eyes to the Center's critical work. They truly work to unleash the full potential of every human being,'' Senator Montigny said. "This funding would not have been possible without the entire local delegation acting as advocates for the program. We owe a real debt of gratitude to Representative's Robert Correia, John Quinn, Michael Rodriques, David Sullivan, Robert Koczera, Tony Cabral and Bill Strauss,