At Day at the State House

MA State House

By Charlie Fiske The success of what we do with legislators and their aides can often be traced to our relationships with them.  This week Maura Sullivan (The Arc’s Director of Government Affairs) and I spent a morning walking the statehouse corridors with work sheets highlighting some spending requests for the senate’s budget plan.  The Arc is requesting $11.4 Million for the Employment Blueprint, which helps people transition to meaningful …

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The Selma Connection

By Judy Zacek On March 7, 2015, the U.S. observed the 50th anniversary of what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday,” when citizens in Selma, Alabama, began what they intended as a peaceful 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, the state’s capital, to press for removal of Jim Crow laws and practices that had deprived them of their legitimate right to vote. As the marchers started to cross the …

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Working with Senator Eldridge: Melissa Reilly

melissa and eldrige

Senate President Therese Murray began her remarks by giving special recognition to Melissa Reilly an Office Aide for Senator Jamie Eldridge. Fenway Park was the setting in October for the signing of three significant bills to benefit those with disabilities. Melissa was complimented for her hard work and her friendliness in the State House. Murray noted that everyone deserves the opportunity to work and feel productive. The bills awaiting Governor …

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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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Poems by Scott Lentine

Scott Lentine

All Aboard The Arc! Anthem Breaking down barriers Opening up doors Letting every individual’s opportunities soar This is what All Aboard The Arc stands for Changing norms that is the goal Making sure society does not leave us out in the cold Struggling every day to gain equal rights Obtaining this vision through passion and might I’m taking this journey with you I want to be a member of your …

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Shaun and I – A Brother Shares His Story

Shaun and TIm.

Around the age of five Shaun was diagnosed as autistic with impulse control disorder. Instead of looking at our families’ situation as strange, I was struck by all the wonderful things that made him special rather than different – from his great memory that had a knack for recording every last minute detail of an event to his love for any movie that had music in it. Being musically inclined …

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The Olsons

Matthew smiling

Children do grow to become adults: This is true for youth with disabilities too! The Olsons, senior citizens, share their story of how they moved their son, Matthew, into his own housing. Matthew has no day to day assistance at his apartment, nor does he have access to a work program ever since funding was cut two years ago. They are not alone. Listen to their story in the video …

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