Team Shawnie Advocacy Group

Advocating and Providing Support to Families with Special Needs 

“We Will Fight Your Fight”

Our Podcast Series

Listen to the story of our son Shawnie, his trials and tribulations in a 6 part podcast series.

What is Bill H.132

Learn about Bill H.132, its beginnings and the effort behind an incredible important piece of legislation. 

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Act now and help thousands of families by signing our petition to help push this bill forward into legislation.

Our Mission

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Bill H. 132 - The Shawnie Story

This is a 6 part narrated series relating the incredible story behind a family whose trials and tribulations with an autistic son against a faulty system became the inspiration for the creation of a piece of legislation called Bill H. 132. 

We have added our podcast series to a new platform called Adori. You can listen to our podcast on the Adori platform by clicking here.

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How can we help you?

As parents of a special needs child/adult, we know first hand the challenges that parents face. You can feel confident having the TSAG advocating for your loved one.

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Sign Our Petition

Click below to sign our petition through Change.org and help us make a change that will benefit families with special needs children for generations to come.

Currently the TEAM SHAWNIE ADVOCACY GROUP has multiple BILLS that have  been submitted and Sponsored  by our State Representative Mr. Steven Howitt.

Bill H. 132

An Act that ensures the appropriate and timely payment of residential service placement for children deemed to be a safety risk.

By Mr. Howitt of Seekonk, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 132) of Steven S. Howitt, Bruce E. Tarr and Mathew J. Muratore relative to at-risk children and their proper placement. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.

Section 1.

Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, the department of developmental services shall coordinate with the department of children and families and the department of mental health to ensure residential service placement within 30 days for children with intellectual disabilities once it has been determined by the professional mental health care facility that he or she is eligible to receive treatment.

Other Sponsored Bills

Bill H. 493

By Mr. Howitt of Seekonk, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 493) of Steven S. Howitt relative to education costs of children with disabilities. Education.

Bill H. 494

By Mr. Howitt of Seekonk, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 494) of Steven S. Howitt for legislation to increase reimbursements for certain special education programs . Education.

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Our Team Members

Our team is always growing and is looking forward to meeting some new faces to help us fight and promote the values that are parallel to our mission statement.

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Shane Halajko Sr.

Founder/Advocate

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Cheryl Halajko

Co-Founder/Advocate

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Michael Novia

Board Member/Media Relations

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Tony Novia

Board Member/Executive Advisor

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Steven Howitt

State Representative

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Kyle Seyboth

Board Member

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Celeste Fournier

Board Member

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Maryellen Lane

Board Member

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Jimmy Lamoureux

Board Member

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Stephen Halajko

Board Member

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Lisa Orzechowski

Advocate

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Mark Drapeau

Advocate

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Olivia Halajko

Advocate

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Shane Halajko Jr.

Senior Advocate/Paralegal

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Tarah Grace Coppolino

MA/Consultant

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Michelle Brouliard

Consultant/SEPAC

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Amanda Pelletier

LICSW/Consultant

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Nicole Navega

LICSW/Consultant

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Law Offices of Michael C. Lima

Legal Counsel

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Courtney Tompkins

Photographer

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Frank Perez

Multimedia Designer/Content Creator

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