Breaking Grounds on WCVB

This week, Nicole Estaphan of WCVB stopped into Breaking Grounds Café to see what was brewing. She met the staff of Northeast Arc’s newest endeavor and experienced how the Café is making a difference in the community and in the lives of individuals with disabilities. She also learned how future legislation could affect those individuals.  In addition to airing on WCVB, the story also aired on ABC affiliate stations in New …

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Senate Ways And Means Budget Released

The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) applauds the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Budget announced by Chairperson Karen Spilka. Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc stated, “Chairperson Spilka and the Senate Ways/Means Committee members have affirmed that young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities do need a pathway to a full life in the community. Their decision to address Turning 22 and adult needs is another landmark decision which …

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Opening Doors

Partners, supporters, and friends came by in force on Thursday, May 11 to celebrate the opening of The Arc of Massachusetts’ new headquarters. Though some final work needs to be completed in the building and on the grounds at 217 South Street, we did not want to wait to share the building. The Home for the Future Capital Campaign challenge continues to make progress. We have been getting closer to our …

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SUPPORTbrokers of The Arc of Massachusetts Receives Grant

The Dana Home Foundation has awarded SUPPORTbrokers  a grant to fund Supporting Seniors with Autism in Lexington. Through this grant,  SUPPORTbrokers will begin a year-long pilot study looking at the lives of ten individuals with autism or similar profiles over the age of 50 living in the town of Lexington. A Person-Centered Plan will be conducted for each individual and life plans will be developed for their futures. By doing this, …

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Governor Charlie Baker Launches Massachusetts ABLE Act

On Wednesday, May 10 Governor Charlie Baker launched the Massachusetts ABLE Act savings program. The ABLE Act allows persons with disabilities to save money without losing benefits such as Medicaid (MassHealth in our state) and SSI. Here are some key points to remember about the savings program: Eligibility requires that the onset of the disability occur prior to age 26 years The maximum to be saved is $14,000 a year …

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It Happened…

It happened – the US House of Representatives has voted once more to change the Affordable Care Act. In return for reducing access or services through health care and Medicaid, you’ll have an additional tax benefit for paying more for health care. However,  imagine if you have a disability and need long term services and support – reduced Medicaid means reduced or no supports. In such as situation very few …

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