It’s that time of year when our clocks turn back and winter arrives, but also during this season of change, we at The Arc of Massachusetts begin to work even harder.
The Arc voices the concerns of people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Williams … Continue reading
The term “Common Human Needs” has been with me since studying social work in grad school at the University of Chicago. The term serves as the title of a seminal book in the field by Charlotte Towle, a book that is a “compassionate explanation of
Expectations drive us. They should be set high or we can feel that people don’t value us or what we do. And all of us want to feel valued.
Parent Carol Glazer and her adult son Jacob both knew that he could achieve. They didn’t … Continue reading
Have you ever been stared at? When it happens to me, I wonder if something is out of place, like my hair or maybe something worse. But if you have a disability that’s obvious, or if you’re walking with someone who does, the stare may … Continue reading
Attitudes toward those with intellectual or developmental disabilities are changing in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. One surprising story that shows how far we have to go comes from Australia just this month.
Sarah Maroun, who expects the … Continue reading
For adults with disabilities, services sometimes are the only thing separating them from homelessness. For others, the lack of services may mean an increase in behaviors or other symptoms such as depression. And for family members, it may mean staying at home or being the … Continue reading