A Foundation for the Future

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With the old, aging building now almost completely out of the way, construction crews got to work on the new headquarters for The Arc of Massachusetts. Check out the new foundation that was poured just a couple of weeks ago! The Arc’s Home for the Future Campaign is making the new building possible. So far, we have received more than $1.2 million in commitments from individual supporters, our chapters, and foundations. …

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A Note From Our Executive Director: Community Update

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Many of us like to mix things up from time to time like having curry or beef stew for dinner. Today I share a mix of recent events; which provide encouragement, foster new relationships and offer ideas for the future. Today’s session on Shared Living, last week’s “Beyond Real Lives” and the Autism Housing Think Tank held earlier, provide the settings and ingredients. Today’s “Growing Strong Together” branded the 23rd …

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To Family!

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If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times- “Oh, kids like him (meaning kids with Down Syndrome!) are so loving” and probably like most moms, I silently have a complicated emotional response to that overly simplistic observation.  In the “early years” I found that oft-repeated statement offensive.  However– as the years have flown by and my son Walker, at 19, has now lost three grandparents to their …

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A Note From Our Executive Director: Direct Support Professionals Week!

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Governor Charlie Baker designated this week as Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week!  For some years, we’ve joined with our colleagues in using this week to recognize the dedication of frontline professionals and paraprofessionals who support individuals in their work, homes, day settings and throughout the community. Today, I want to talk about Rich (pictured here) who helps James two days each week to get to his different work locations.  James …

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The ALEC Program Featured on NECN

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On Monday, The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC (Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition)First Responder Training program was featured on NECN. ALEC provides training to First Response agencies throughout the state and nationally on how to appropriately handle situations regarding individuals with  autism and other developmental disabilities.  For more information on the program visit: http://www.arcsouthnorfolk.org/alec-first-responder-training.html

Calling all siblings! Join us for a screening and conversation of Life, Animated!

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  Join Owen and Walt Suskind – featured in award winning “Life, Animated” – for a screening and a  conversation. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The session is for siblings to come together; especially for adults 21 and older who have intellectual an developmental disabilities (I/DD) such as autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other conditions. Siblings, please come with your brother or sister with a disability.   Friday, September 16, 2016 …

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Insider’s View: Rep. Louis L. Kafka

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I represent the 8th Norfolk District; which includes the town of Sharon and parts of Stoughton, Walpole and Mansfield.  I am a member of the Speaker DeLeo’s Leadership team, serving as Floor Leader of the Second Division.  In addition, I serve as a member of the Rules Committee. This year marks my 26th year serving in the MA legislature and during this time, we have championed many issues to help …

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