Bob Perske: Someone we all should know- A Note from our Executive Director

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Bob Perske was a household name in our field from the 1970s through the 1990s. He and his wife Martha reflect the best traits of advocates, artists, and caring souls. The author of Hope for the Families, New Life in the Neighborhood, to name just two, and formal government reports, died at age 88 this week. His wife, Martha survives him and her lovely artwork has adorned our offices along …

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Progress on our Home for the Future

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Work is progressing on The Arc of Massachusetts’s new headquarters building. We reported a couple of weeks ago that the aging building that had been our home for nearly 40 years was demolished and hauled away. Since then, crews have cleared the lot and prepared the site for the foundation. While this is a new chapter in the history of our organization, it will not change our core mission. The …

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Don’t Forget to Register to Vote!

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Friday, August 19th is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming State Primary (Sept 8). The last day to register to vote in the State Election (Nov 8) is Wednesday Oct 19th. You can register to vote online using the Secretary of State link: www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ You can also register to vote at your local town or city hall. Your participation in the election process begins with YOU voting. …

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Housing Think Tank Gears Up for September Event

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Autism Housing Pathways, The Arc of Massachusetts and Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts have formed The Autism Housing Think Tank Committee. The Committee is holding a Think Tank event in September with stakeholders from across Massachusetts; including parents, leaders from our state agencies, nonprofit housing organizations, legislators and housing industry experts. The mission of our “Housing Think Tank,” is to identify a range of housing models appropriate to the needs …

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“Ask The Agency” Information Sessions

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DDS will be hosting a series of events called “Ask The Agency.” These information sessions will run on Wednesdays from 6- 8 pm from September through November. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Representatives from the DDS Northeast Regional Office about DDS Eligibility, Adult Autism Services, Family Supports, Children’s Services, Self-Directed Services, Transitioning to Adulthood, and much more.   Upcoming Information Sessions: September 14 Bridgewell www.bridgewell.org 162 Boston Street …

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Insider’s View: Representative Todd M. Smola

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My district, the First Hampden includes the towns of Brimfield, Holland, Palmer, Wales, Sturbridge, Warren and sections of Ware. I serve as the ranking minority member on the House Ways and Means Committee as well as on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The honor of serving on the legislature’s budget writing committee offers the distinct privilege of reviewing every aspect of state spending. In addition, I also serve …

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Stephen Finds Pathways Through His Passions

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“There is a light bulb in Stephen waiting to light up.”  Katie-Mom Katie first learned about the Massachusetts Alliance for 21st Century Disability Policy (MA21) two years ago at a presentation given by Cathe Carpenter on “Lessons from our Past to Guide our Future Disability Policies”.  Upon graduating from the MFOFC Southeast Region Family Leadership Series (FLS) this past April, Katie expressed great interest in using person centered planning to …

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