The Arc of Massachusetts Celebrates New Statewide Headquarters

It was a beautiful day for celebrating the opening of The Arc of Massachusetts new statewide headquarters. More than 80 donors, family, and friends, as well as representatives of our chapters and human service agencies, joined us to cut the ceremonial ribbon and celebrate the milestone. Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy spoke about the impact that The Arc has had locally and …

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The Advocacy Alliance is underway!

Herb Cabral and Julie Heffernan join Kerry Mahoney in kicking off the Advocacy Alliance.  The purpose is to build long term capacity for advocacy at both the state and local levels.  The Arc Affiliates and other partners will identify leadership teams consisting of a family member, staff and a self-advocate. Herb and Julie have been hired to coordinate grassroots advocacy efforts with local chapter affiliates and other partners.  They will …

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Recommend Priorities for Becker Trust Grants for Innovation

We are looking for your input regarding nearly $1 million in grants from the Becker Family Trust. Last April, in conjunction with the Becker Center for Advocacy, trustees announced Innovation/Direct Impact grants to be distributed over two to three years. Our site here focuses on the Center’s advocacy and the trustees’ grants program. The timeline has been changed for the grants program for two reasons. First, we want to avoid …

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Governor Proclaims Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week

Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 10 – 16 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. We expect that the US Senate also will issue a proclamation, which Senators Warren and Markey signed onto last year. The proclamation reinforces the important role DSPs play across many fields, including our own. We still have work to do to raise their compensation. The turnover has reached 40% in some regions of our country.  …

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Labor Day: A Time also for Family Caregivers and Support Staff

The end of summer coincides with the Labor Day holiday. While Labor Day became a legal holiday in 1894, the first workers parade was held in New York City with 10,000 marchers in 1882. With a formal title like “Labor Day,” it’s easy to forget family caregivers who often exhibit grace, resilience, and a steadfast commitment to those they love. More than 60% of adults with disabilities such as autism, …

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