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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Insider’s View: Senator Benjamin B. Downing

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I was first elected to serve as State Senator in 2006 for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District which includes 52 communities. I am proud to represent the largest Senate district in the Commonwealth. Over the years I have worked closely with The Berkshire County Arc and the United Arc in western Massachusetts. As an active, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means there is great …

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Senate Amendments

On Tuesday, May 19, we are hoping that a number of constituents will join us at the State House in Boston to visit their Senator. Senate Disability Outreach Day will focus on – Employment and Day, Adult Autism, Family Support and Transportation.   We will be staffing Room 222 at the State house from 10:30 to 12:30 to support your outreach and we will have fact sheets. Phone calls and emails …

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Successful All Aboard The Arc! Event

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May 16 – All Aboard The Arc! spread its message of disability acceptance and inclusion this past Saturday as nearly 1000 people descended on Boston Common!  Special Guest Lauren Potter, who plays Becky in the TV show “Glee,” shared her story of success as a young woman with a disability.  Best known for her role on the popular television show and an inspiration to all, Lauren Potter has proven herself …

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Update on Senate Ways and Means budget

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Some bright spots in the Senate Ways and Means budget thanks to Chairperson Karen Spilka and the Committee: $500,000 increase in Turning 22 which is at $7 Million, Increase the kids autism waiver by $500,000. It also matches the governor on the employment blueprint, ensuring maintenance at $5 million We also want to thank Chairperson Spilka and her committee for recognizing the AFC (adult family or foster care) caregivers and …

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Insider’s View: Representative Paul Mark

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Since 2010 I’ve represented the Second Berkshire District which encompasses 16 communities in Berkshire and Franklin Counties and is the largest geographical Representative district in the Commonwealth. Because of the size of my district there are challenges unlike other districts. I greatly appreciate the good working relationship that I have with The United Arc, Berkshire County Arc and other service groups who serve many of my constituents. I am strongly …

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