A Day to Celebrate

Signing at Fenway

Yesterday Governor Patrick, Speaker DeLeo, and Senate President Murray were joined by legislators and scores of families and advocates as a ceremonial signing of three disability bills took place in Fenway Park. The bills greatly improved the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and each focused on an important arena – safety, choice or self-direction and access to services. The bills were: • Autism omnibus opens the door …

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Congressman Kennedy on Disability Issues

Congressman Kennedy

The following chapters collaborated together with The Arc of Massachusetts to host a forum with Congressman Joseph Kennendy III: The Arc of Bristol County, The Arc of South Norfolk and Center for Hope Foundation. Other speakers included DDS Commissioner Elin Howe, Leo Sarkissian of The Arc, and three family members who shared their stories. Click here to read more from The Sun Chronicle.

Candidate for Attorney General, Maura Healey, answers questions on important issues

Maura Healey

The Arc and AFAM asked candidates for Governor and Attorney General questions on their positions if elected. Below are the responses from Attorney General candidate Maura Healey. 1. Community First was a bold initiative initiated by Governor Patrick with the goal to: “Empower and support people with disabilities and elders to live with dignity and independence in the community by expanding, strengthening, and integrating systems of community-based long-term supports that …

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Insider’s View: Senator John F. Keenan

Senator Keenan

As co-chair for the Joint Committee on Public Health, and a member of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, I have learned so much about the unique challenges families face in caring for loved ones with developmental disabilities. The love, dedication, and effort that these families show is inspiring. I am proud when our Commonwealth’s support services are there for these families, and I share in …

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Community Living and Working into the Future

Joe Kennedy

Join the discussion on disability issues: Tuesday, October 21, 2014; Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA Breakfast with Congressman Joseph Kennedy III with guest presenters Elin Howe, DDS Commissioner and Leo Sarkissian of The Arc of Massachusetts. Meet the Congressman and be part of the discussion with our guest presenters. 8 a.m. Registration – Complimentary Breakfast 8:30 – 11:00 – Presenters and Discussion Please RSVP to your closest affiliate. The Arc …

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Martha H. Ziegler, Educational-Rights Champion for Children with Disabilities, Dies

Martha H. Ziegler

We are sad to convey the news that Martha H. Ziegler died early Saturday morning Sept 13, 2014 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her death follows a serious fall in April and a series of health complications that kept her in the hospital or in rehabilitative care since that time. She was 84 years old. Martha gained national recognition as a leader and activist in the fight to …

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September 9th Massachusetts Election

Election Results

By: Charlie Fiske Tuesday’s primary election marked the start of a new chapter in Massachusetts politics. The three top state wide executive branch seats, 25 percent of the House seats and a handful of state Senate seats are about to be filled with new personalities. Many of the changes include longtime supporters of The Arc who have decided to either move up or leave government service all together. The strong …

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Governor Signs Priority Bills into law!

Hand signing paper

Boston:  Governor Deval Patrick signed three disability bills into law on August 5th and 6th, which: increased access to services for individuals with autism and related disabilities expanded choices and options in obtaining services and, furthered the safety of those receiving services. A public signing ceremony is expected by the first week of September. Together, the bills reflect a major milestone in the evolution of service delivery in Massachusetts.  You can find the …

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Three High Priority bills of The Arc Headed for Governor’s Signature

Inside the State House

A flurry of activity throughout the day resulted in resolution of many items in the Massachusetts State Legislature as the final day of formal session began on July 31. We are pleased to report three top priority bills of The Arc and one supported bill made it through the session. We owe a strong debt of gratitude to the General Court, and Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray. …

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