The Arc of Massachusetts Home for the Future Moves Forward

New Arc Building

This summer is shaping up to be a busy one at The Arc of Massachusetts. The Arc has been putting the final touches on plans for new offices and a resource center to be built on the site of the current headquarters in Waltham. “We are hoping to have a late fall date for the groundbreaking,” said Executive Director Leo Sarkissian. “The new space will allow The Arc to remain …

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Insider’s View: Representative Jerald A. Parisella

Parisella

I represent the 6th Essex District which includes Beverly, a city along the North Shore about 16 miles north of Boston. I am a veteran of the Army Reserves since 1994 and currently serving as a Judge Advocate (lawyer) with a legal detachment in Massachusetts. My duties in the Army included an active duty tour in Iraq serving as a prosecutor and legal advisor to a medical brigade, handling court …

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Governor signs State Budget for FY 2016

The Massachusetts State House

Governor Charlie Baker signed the 2016 State Budget on July 17, 2015. The budget covers the fiscal year from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Earlier in June, the Governor had signed a one-month budget for July. Line items at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and MassHealth fared well in the budget. The Conference Committee chaired by Representative Brian Dempsey and Senator Karen Spilka released a favorable report …

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Join Us In Celebrating 60 years!

On Thursday, November 19, The Arc of Massachusetts will celebrate its 60th Anniversary! Join us as we mark this milestone and honor those who have had a significant impact in helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The gala is chaired by Tracy Atkinson, Vice President of The Arc of Massachusetts Board of Directors and will feature a reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. Mark …

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Insider’s View: Representative Sean Garballey

sean garballey

The 23rd Middlesex District which I represent includes many precincts in Arlington and three in Medford. Since joining the legislature in 2008 I have been a strong advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Critical to the passage of any legislation is the ability to work effective with my colleagues in the House of Representative. This year I was honored to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from …

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Insider’s View: Senator Richard J. Ross

Richard Ross

I have the honor of serving the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District which includes the towns of Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, North Attleboro, Sherborn, and Wayland, sections of the city of Attleboro, and sections of the towns of Franklin, Needham, Wellesley, and Natick. I have been a long time champion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For years, I have worked closely with the Kennedy-Donovan Center, the Wrentham Developmental …

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Upcoming Webinar: Sensory Processing Disorder

Webinar

July 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | $20 Presented by Kim Martell, MS, OTR/L, BCN This hour-long webinar will describe sensory processing disorder (SPD) and how it manifests in children (and adults), including common symptoms and behavioral markers. The lecture portion will include tips to help identify SPD, as well as the process of pursuing formal assessment and treatment. Treatment options, such as occupational therapy using a sensory …

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