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

Leo’s Letter: The Epidemic Of #MeToo In The I/DD Community

In this week’s video edition of Leo’s Letter, Leo discusses NPR’s important new series – Abused and Betrayed: People with Intellectual Disabilities and an Epidemic of Sexual Assault – and addresses the pressing need for change in sexual education and awareness within the I/DD community. He also discusses steps The Arc of Massachusetts is taking with Nicky’s Law in order to be able to prevent future instances of abuse.

Leo’s Letter: “The Ultramarathon of Social Change”

“We’re halfway on the ultramarathon of social change.” So says Canadian Rick Hansen, who has done much to advance disability rights and opportunities. I happened to catch a podcast with him on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting) in December. The fall of 2017 marked the 30-year Anniversary of his “Man in Motion World Tour” that raised $26 million and greatly advanced disability awareness. He traveled to peaks across the world with the use of a wheelchair. Continue reading

Leo’s Letter: A Toast to a “Kinder” 2018: Two Stories

“He helps her with homework and making her lunch. When she has seizures, he doesn’t panic. He’s very kind in the sense that if he knows the answer, he’ll say ‘Let’s figure it out together.’” So says the fourth grade teacher of Marcus Devoy, an Arizona fourth grader. Marcus is a role model for others, including his football teammates, as he helps his older sister, Jade, who has epilepsy and an intellectual disability. Continue reading