Through the Eyes of a Child ....
Massachusetts Advocates for Children is a private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC works to overcome these barriers by changing conditions for many children, while also helping one child at a time.
MAC began in 1969 as the Task Force on Children out of School, dramatically exposing the systematic exclusion of children from the Boston Public Schools. During its forty-year history, MAC has been at the forefront of statewide advocacy efforts to protect and expand the rights of children in urban education reform, special education, and other critical areas, such as mental health, nutrition, lead poisoning prevention, and juvenile justice. MACís constituency has always been those children who face the greatest barriers to educational success, due to disability, race/ethnicity, language and/or poverty.
Today MAC continues its strong and effective advocacy for children and families. MAC is an integral part of a statewide network of civil legal aid organizations and a web of child advocacy organizations. MAC is a leader in statewide special education advocacy, the autism community, and education reform in the Boston Public School system. MAC has pioneered an innovative approach to education reform through its groundbreaking policy analysis and advocacy to help traumatized children learn.
For over 40 years, MAC has responded to the needs of children who are vulnerable because of poverty, race, limited English or disability. With education reform continuing to occupy a high priority on the stateís policy agenda, and with the severe economic crisis facing Massachusetts families, MAC is needed now, more than ever.