Insider’s View: Senator Karen E. Spilka

Senator Karen Spilka

As majority whip in the State Senate representing seven MetroWest towns, I have fought constantly for tools, support and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. I have a background in social work and labor law, and I also have a deeply personal awareness of the need for these resources for our loved ones. This year, we passed several important new laws to help people with disabilities. The …

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Insider’s View: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz

My senate district, the Second Suffolk, encompasses many sections of Boston including the South End, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill and parts of Dorchester. As Chair of the Education committee and as a member of the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities I’m aware of the challenges faces by families and individuals dealing with developmental disabilities. I was proud this year to work successfully on legislation that will …

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Herald Reports Sudders will be new EOHHS Secretary

Marylou Sudders, the state’s former mental health commissioner, will be appointed secretary of Health and Human Services by Governor Elect Charlie Baker, according to a post by the Boston Herald.  Most recently, Mary Lou served as CEO of the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Ms. Sudders is presently a professor of health and mental health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Sudders is the first …

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Insider’s View: Representative Stephen Kulik

Stephen Kulik

The nineteen towns of the First Franklin District include some from Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. As vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee, I’m aware of the efforts of the United Arc based in Turner Falls and other service groups to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Their efforts enable many of my constituents to achieve their full potential within community based settings. I understand the …

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9C Cuts Impact DDS

Gov Patrick at event with The Arc So. Norfolk's Deb Wood

Governor Deval Patrick included 9C cuts at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to address the $325 million projected shortfall in this year’s $36.5 billion state budget. The reductions took place in Employment and Day Services where $3 million was reduced and Family Support Services where the new monies ($2.5 million) appropriated by the legislature for unserved families was cut. Having said that, The Arc is aware that the Patrick …

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State House Advocacy

Scott at the State House

By Scott Lentine Last week, I visited the State House offices of some state legislators to discuss autism issues and to get to know them on a personal level. My first stop was the office of the Canton Representative William Galvin. I talked to him about The Arc of Mass and how they help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities get additional resources in Massachusetts. I mentioned to him that …

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Goal Setting Study with Transition Age Youth at Boston University

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Dr. Jessica Kramer, in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University, is conducting a federally funded study examining the impact of goal setting versus a problem-solving intervention on transition-age youth’s achievement of goals, feelings of confidence about themselves and their disability, and ability to advocate for their needs (NIDRR Grant # H133G120091). The study is actively seeking transition-age youth and young adults with developmental disabilities ages 14-21 interested in …

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