Insider’s View: Representative James Kelcourse

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I represent the 1st Essex District; which includes Amesbury, Newburyport, and Salisbury. I serve on the following Joint Committees: Education, Economic Development, and Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. I have enjoyed working with The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport where some of my constituents receive services. One of the most unique aspects of being a state representative is learning about the experiences and challenges that families and individuals face. I look …

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What do you do when your dream is not a reality?- John ‘s Story

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30 year old John and his parents needed help creating a meaningful day schedule based on John’s desire to become a fireman. Unfortunately, John was unable to meet the required firefighter training criteria.   Although disappointed, John and his family met with Kathy Hamelin , a MA 21 Family Outreach Consultant from The Arc of Massachusetts. Kathy helped to facilitate a discussion to create a plan by identifying John’s likes …

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Connecting Through Disney Magic- Film Screening This Weekend

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360 Degree Communication is excited to announce the upcoming release of LIFE, ANIMATED (LIFE).  LIFE is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating …

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Insider’s View: Representative David T. Vieira

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My district, known as the Third Barnstable District, includes the town of Mashpee and portions of the town of Falmouth and Bourne.  In addition to my constituent responsibilities to my district, I also serve as ranking member of the House Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets Committee; as ranking house member of the Joint Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee; and as a member of the House & Joint Rules …

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Announcing “Passion As Pathway…” Gala

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The Arc of Massachusetts is delighted to announce that our 2016 Gala Passion as Pathway… will be held on Wednesday, November 16. We will be honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind. Ron has written several important works of nonfiction, including Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, which chronicles his family’s twenty-year struggle with their son Owen’s autism. The book is the foundation of Life, …

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Thank You!

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The Arc of Massachusetts would like to thank everyone who supported our work by making a contribution during our 2015-2016 fiscal year. We deeply appreciate your commitment to ensuring that all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have opportunities to lead full lives in the community. Each and every day, The Arc of Massachusetts fights to help families across the Commonwealth assure the well-being, safety, and happiness of their loved …

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The Arc Appreciates Conferees – Still Facing Hurdles -Article Updated

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The Arc of Massachusetts thanks lawmakers for the conference committee budget.  The unexpected drop in revenues required the legislature and administration to think through the FY’2017 budget again in a very short amount of time. The budget in DDS (Dept. Developmental Services) and other disability line items tracked closely with the House and Senate blueprints.  Constituents in need of services, providers and state agency staff will still face challenges in …

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