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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Hidden Figures

As I watched the movie Hidden Figures, I was once again struck by the depth of discrimination facing African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. So what does this movie have to do with disability? The most obvious connection is the experience of segregation and disenfranchisement. People with physical disabilities found themselves in hospitals while those with intellectual/developmental disabilities found themselves in state institutions.  Despite different building titles these facilities kept …

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We Want Your Feedback!

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The Arc is part of a social inclusion committee, working with DDS and other stakeholders connected to the Department of Developmental Services. UMass (CDDER, Shriver Center) is working with DDS to collect feedback on the social inclusion policies. We also will be co-hosting a session on May 16 (2 sessions) for direct feedback. A flyer will be out shortly, but you can give feedback via survey monkey instead or as …

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