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Massachusetts State House

At the end of January, Governor Charlie Baker released the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal. The proposed budget boosts funding for Turning 22. Check out the articles below to see how the changes affect individuals with disabilities and their families.   Baker boosts funding for young disabled adults Feb. 5, 2017   Our view: Gov. Baker gives big boost to those helping disabled Feb. 13, 2017   Self-advocates and people …

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When it is not enough…

Recently five families shared their stories with me. I’m not sure how often you as a family member or person may feel blockaded by the answers you receive when you are trying to improve your situation.  I thought “when it is not enough” would be a great way to convey some thoughts from these conversations. When it’s not enough: Please don’t end the supports planning meeting with the same plan …

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Landmark Decision Made

The decision by Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary Marylou Sudders to right-size the Department of Developmental Services’ Turning 22 budget is a major policy change. The Arc has been advocating for it since the 2009 recession.  The Turning 22 program funds people who have an intellectual or other disability and require adult services.  Without this funding, persons and families often face tough choices: a parent may have to leave his/her …

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United Arc families share stories with area legislators

Late last year, twelve Franklin County families met at The United Arc Family Center in Turners Falls with then State Senator-Elect Adam Hinds (Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District), Jessie Cooley, aide to Rep. Paul Mark (Second Berkshire District), and Paul Dunphy, Director of Constituent Services for Rep. Stephen Kulik (First Franklin District). This meeting was a result of a newly formed Parent/Caregiver group started by United Arc’s Family Support …

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Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly…

“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King   This quote from Martin Luther King comes from his 1967 Christmas Sermon on Peace.  Last year we talked about the civil rights era being an inspiration for disability advocacy.  Fifty years after Dr. King uttered these words, we still struggle with embedding …

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Facing Adversity

We hear about families facing difficult times or adversity more often than we hear about achievements.  Recently, we have received calls about adult services, Turning 22, employment, and transportation. Some examples of situations that we have heard about include: My son’s graduating school and he’s on a wait list for adult services. How will I get to work if I have to stay home to watch him? I’m stuck in …

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Striving with Less Stress in the New Year

Happy interracial family enjoying day at park with disabled son

It’s a New Year and a time for resolutions. All parents and caregivers face some level of stress in managing their households. In addition to the “typical” family tasks, families with children (including adult children) with I/DD, have additional responsibilities. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital, Rand Corp., and University of Southern California released a report in late December stating that families with children with special health care needs provide 1.5 …

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