As we prepare to celebrate our 60th Anniversary on Thursday, November 19, we will be featuring our honorees in this space. Learn more about their contributions to The Arc of Massachusetts and how they have enhanced the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Spotlight Honoree: Michael Borr
Michael J. Borr is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM), a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 to champion the individual and civil rights of people of all ages affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). AFAM is dedicated to improving and expanding the funding and resources for Massachusetts residents with an ASD, by educating and informing legislators and policy-makers and by generating greater awareness and mobilizing public support. Since its founding, AFAM has been hosted by The Arc of Massachusetts and the two organizations have collaborated to advocate for legislation and regulations affecting the lives of people with disabilities.
Michael and his wife, Nancy, have two grown sons, Eric and Jonathan. Jonathan is on the autism spectrum and currently resides in a group home operated by AMEGO. Both Michael and Nancy were founding members of the Family Autism Center at The Arc of South Norfolk, where Nancy is a program assistant and Michael is a member of the Center’s steering committee.
”The Arc has been a vital partner in advocacy on behalf of the autism community,” says Michael, “and we look forward to many more years of collaboration.”
Stewards: Cynthia and Mark Haddad
Cynthia and Mark Haddad can trace their involvement with The Arc to the fact that Cindy has a brother with special needs. Together Mark and Cindy chaired The Arc’s 50th anniversary Gala. Cindy, a Certified Financial Planner, is a former member of The Arc’s Board of Directors and provides expertise to The Arc.
Public Officials: Tom Sannicandro
As a house member, Tom Sannicandro’s hallmark has been advancing choice for families and individuals in the delivery of services and increasing access to college options for students with disabilities, among other policy innovations.
Corporations, Foundations, and Agencies: Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
Justice Resource Institute addresses the most confounding challenges of both the human services and educational systems and the persons and families these systems were created to serve. JRI pursues the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence.
Families and Volunteers: Kerry Mahoney
Kerry Mahoney’s body of work as a family support professional and director reflects the commitment of staff in our field. She advanced the practice of family supports as others have done and pushed The Arc in its advocacy.
To learn more about this year’s honorees visit: http://thearcofmass.org/the-arc-of-massachusetts-60th-anniversary-gala-honorees/
Join us in celebrating 60 years at our Gala