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The Arc is part of a social inclusion committee, working with DDS and other stakeholders connected to the Department of Developmental Services. UMass (CDDER, Shriver Center) is working with DDS to collect feedback on the social inclusion policies. We also will be co-hosting a session on May 16 (2 sessions) for direct feedback. A flyer will be out shortly, but you can give feedback via survey monkey instead or as …

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The Arc of MA Releases a House Ways and Means Budget Analysis

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The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) celebrates the release of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Budget announced by Chair Brian Dempsey.  Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc, stated “Chair Dempsey and the House Ways/Means Committee members not only recognized the rising number of students requiring public support as adults, but ensure that all young adults who need DDS funding will receive it   –it’s a landmark decision.” Turning 22 …

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Extending the Legacy: The Arc of Massachusetts Celebrates the Becker Family

On April 6, a standing room only crowd gathered at the Sheraton Framingham to celebrate the enduring legacy of Dan and Angela Becker and their son Michael. Hosted by Alex Moschella, the Beckers’ attorney and trustee of their estate, the program featured many wonderful memories about the Becker family, a keynote address by Elin Howe, Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services, and two major announcements. A long-time advisor to …

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The Arc of MA Welcomes Julia to Sesame Street!

Today, April 10, Sesame Street welcomed Julia to the neighborhood. This new puppet is making history on the show as the first character with autism. Through Julia, producers hope to make individuals with autism feel like they have someone they can relate to and  to make others more understanding and comfortable around those with autism. A few weeks back, NBC Boston stopped by The Arc of Massachusetts offices to interview Maura …

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Lifespan Series: Caregivers Growing Older

Here at The Arc of Massachusetts we receive numerous phone calls from concerned brothers and sisters about their sibling with special needs living with aging parents.  At times these calls are in a crisis mode, where the sibling is now a caregiver because of their parents’ passing or placement in a nursing home.  Other times it is watching the elder take care of their sons and daughters and receiving little …

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Welcome Elizabeth Pell, MSW, LICSW !

Elizabeth Pell, MSW, LICSW has joined The Arc of Massachusetts Team as our Director of Policy Implementation and the Co-Director of the Becker Center For Advocacy. Elizabeth has been an advocate for people with disabilities and older adults for over 35 years.  She is a social worker with policy and hands-on practice experience that crosses service systems — intellectual and developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, older adults, and end of life. …

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Lifespan Series: Transition to Adulthood

Transition is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, to another. For you and your child, transition means that he/she is moving from childhood to young adulthood and from school to adult life. Opening this door to the future can be a time of mixed feelings and emotions.  Students and their families are leaving the familiarity of a school to enter a brand new …

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