Insider’s View: Representative Carolyn Dykema

Dykema

I was elected to the legislature in 2008 and I proudly represent the Eighth Middlesex District including the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and one precinct in Westborough. I am certainly aware of the great strides we have made in our efforts to provide services for people who are involved with the Department of Developmental Disabilities. Yet we always need to be assured that treatment remains person centered. This year …

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Registration Now Open for Transition Conference 2015

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Transition Conference that will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at the Best Western/Royal Plaza in Marlborough MA. This full-day statewide Transition conference has been specifically planned for parents of children with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22 who are transitioning from school to the adult world. The Conference program will include: An opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art best practices around …

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Insider’s View: Representative Paul Brodeur

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The thirty second Middlesex District includes all of Melrose and some precincts in Wakefield and one in Malden. I have served as the state representative since 2011 and am strongly committed to advocating for those most in need within my district. I depend greatly on those groups as The Eastern Middlesex Arc and other to keep me informed about actions the legislature might take to be supportive and helpful for …

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Insider’s View: Senator Barbara L’Italien

Barbara L'Italien

My senate district is the Second Essex and Middlesex which includes Lawrence, Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury. As chairperson of Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government I am keenly aware of the challenges facing local communities in their efforts to provide the best possible constituent services to their residents. Each year the legislature faces the demanding task of adequately funding state services based on available revenues. One of my top …

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Save The Date for Our 60th Anniversary Gala!

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Celebrate 60 Years of The Arc of Massachusetts November 19, 2015   On Thursday, November 19, The Arc of Massachusetts will celebrate its 60th anniversary at The Westin Waltham. The event will include a reception, dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will support of the work of The Arc. Look for more details in the coming weeks, but for now mark your calendar for this important celebration. If …

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Thank you President Rosenberg, Chair Spilka and Senate friends!

Massachusetts State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, poses inside the Senate Reading Room at the Statehouse in Boston, Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Senate budget included several high points for the disability community — it addresses the Family Support reduction originally in House One with funding that restores proposed cut in House 1 and adds, $1.45 Million for needed services; an additional $500,000 above House 1 for Turning 22, additional dollars for Children’s Autism Waiver Services and safeguards AFC caregiver respite for 2016 among other things (EI-$1 Mil. shortfall fixed, etc.) Thank …

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