“And miles to go before I sleep…”

Attitudes toward those with intellectual or developmental disabilities are changing in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. One surprising story that shows how far we have to go comes from Australia just this month.

Sarah Maroun, who expects the birth of her daughter in January, was attacked on the web when she publicly revealed her decision to go full-term after a prenatal screening revealed … Read More…

The Impact is Personal

For adults with disabilities, services sometimes are the only thing separating them from homelessness. For others, the lack of services may mean an increase in behaviors or other symptoms such as depression. And for family members, it may mean staying at home or being the driver throughout the week to make sure a son or daughter or sibling can get to where they need to go.

At the local level, … Read More…

Take Part in the Pathlight Challenge!

Pathlight, a leading provider of services for people with intellectual disabilities in western Massachusetts, and Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) have joined in an exciting partnership to encourage innovation in the field of disability. The goal of the challenge is to offer two spots in VVM’s prestigious Startup Accelerator to companies that are creating solutions for people, particularly millennials, with developmental and intellectual disabilities (and those with autism who … Read More…

October Reminds Us Our Work is Far from Done!

In November 2013, the Massachusetts “Blueprint for Success” was released. The plan changed day and employment services for our constituents served by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The state moved away from sheltered work and segregated settings to more individualized employment and community-based day support for those who weren’t going to be able to work full-time independently or with intermittent assistance.

Sometimes It’s Just Simple

Why is The Arc so strongly behind S. 1169, a bill that would allow dental therapists to operate quasi-independently in our Commonwealth? The reasons are simple:

  • Because of the lack of dentists who serve adults with disabilities (intellectual, developmental, autism, etc.); we hear stories about long delays in dental care which result in emergency room visits and extractions.
  • Because even fewer dentists are available for those on MassHealth – … Read More…

The Arc of Massachusetts Celebrates New Statewide Headquarters

It was a beautiful day for celebrating the opening of The Arc of Massachusetts new statewide headquarters. More than 80 donors, family, and friends, as well as representatives of our chapters and human service agencies, joined us to cut the ceremonial ribbon and celebrate the milestone. Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy spoke about the impact that The Arc has had … Read More…