What Will It Take?

What will it take for us to achieve a truly inclusive society? We have come a long way, but we’re far from inclusive. Just take a look at our community institutions: medical settings, schools, transportation systems, public safety services, and other services that are available to Americans. Continue reading

40th Annual Legislative Reception: Increasing Expectations, Providing Opportunities

This week for a change, I’m sharing the words of three other individuals that spoke yesterday during the 40th Annual Legislative Reception, held by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and The Arc of Massachusetts. We recognized Senator Jamie Eldridge and Representative Denise Garlick, and ceremony participants included Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senator Karen Spilka. Despite the threat of weather, nearly 200 people joined us – and another 140 people tuned into our Facebook Live, which is still available to watch. Continue reading

Opportunity Time

Sometimes we just need resources to take advantage of opportunity. That’s true of all of us. Last week, I shared some of Ryan Horrigan’s story. He and his parents persisted at building avenues for success. Similarly, Jonathan Huggon, one of our six “Expect Success” Achievers, worked throughout his youth with the support of his family to achieve. Ryan, Jonathan, and their families did their homework, sometimes sacrificed, and learned what they could about opportunities. Continue reading

Ryan Horrigan: A Transition Success Story

The Arc of Massachusetts will be publishing a series of Transition or Turning 22 articles in our newsletter and on our website, over a period of several months. Our goal is to help adults and families make the best of the transition from special education to adult life. These stories and lessons may be applied to older adults as well. A successful transition requires planning, understanding your non-negotiables, an awareness of what’s possible at the moment, and the ability to negotiate. Continue reading