The Arc Featured On WMEX

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A few weeks ago, Leo Sarkissian, our Executive Director, spoke with Joe Shortsleeve and Diana McNamara on their WMEX show, Shortsleeve and Mac. They discussed the history of The Arc and what we’re up to now.  Listen to the full interview below.

The Arc Is On The Move!

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The Arc of Massachusetts is getting ready to move to temporary quarters so construction on the new building can begin this spring. Our current location at 217 South Street, Waltham has been home for The Arc for more than twenty years. Our new building will be located at the same address once our existing building has been demolished. A temporary, nearby location will allow us to continue our same services …

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When Something Doesn’t Feel Right…

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What do you do when something doesn’t feel right?  Individuals or family members often delay expressing dissatisfaction.  They don’t want to rock the boat; let’s wait –things will get better.  Families also defer their need for assistance. The main themes of late include: Lack of staff or fear of losing staff for home Lack of employment Inability to obtain help for additional resources One story is about Cynthia (her name …

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Insider’s View: Representative Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

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My district in central Massachusetts, the Fifth Worcester consists of the towns of Barre, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, West Brookfield and sections of Spencer and Ware.  Currently I serve on three committees; the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs: Committee on Personnel and Administration.  My first run for public office was as a Spencer selectman …

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The Arc Announces Friendship Toolkit

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We are pleased to share our toolkit -“Friends at Work”with you. In collaboration with the Department of Developmental Services, Widening the Circle project has developed this how to kit! Although intended for employment providers, it can be used by families and friends. Thank you to Rick Hawes of Berkshire Arc who worked with Jim Ross and Mary Ann Brennen and the project advisory committee to develop the toolkit. We also …

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The Arc Staff Has Reached 100%

Your Vote Counts

We are launching our “Make Your Voice Heard” campaign to encourage everyone: individuals with disabilities, staff who work in the field, families and other volunteers to share their voice and exercise their vote. Voting ensures candidates and the public know just how committed we are in advocating for all concerns that affect those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On The Arc website, we have made it easy to know how …

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Thank You From The Arc’s OHC

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The Arc’s Operation House Call would like to thank the 170 volunteer families in Massachusetts who make experiential “real life” learning available to hundreds of medical professionals every year.  We would like to wish our OHC “host families” a healthy and happy 2016! OHC could not have grown so strong without this important component of our program.  As we expand locally and across the state, we are in need of more …

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