Vol. 21 No. 2
Vivienne S. Thomson
Independent Living Center
Vivienne Thomson was one of the great assets of
Massachusetts. A whirlwind in a wheelchair she advocated effectively not only
for people with disabilities, but for all social services, minorities in general
and Native Americans in specific. Many important advances in our state were made
because Vivienne was persistent and hard to refuse. She was a role model for
In fitting remembrance to her what was originally the
Minorities with Disabilities Advocacy Center (MDAC) in Jamaica Plain is now the
Vivienne S. Thomson Independent Living Center/MDAC. Located at 555 Amory Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, it is a full service ILC serving the needs of people in
the Jamaica Plain-Roslindale-West Roxbury area. In addition, the Thomson Center
is prepared to lend assistance to individuals from any part of Massachusetts who
find that being a member of a minority group impacts upon dealing with a
The Center is active in organizing and sponsoring special
programs and emphasizes a wide range of support groups including a Women's Focus
Group. They take a particular interest in the 14-22 year age group and assuring
these persons receive proper services. They offer information and assistance
with transportation, education, housing and employment.
The Thomson Center will be moving to new and expanded
quarters in April 2002.
You may get additional information by calling the Center at
(617) 522-9840 (v & tdd).