Serving Up Another Cup

Last month, Governor Charlie Baker visited Breaking Grounds Café in Peabody. Breaking Grounds is one of many innovative endeavors started by one of our chapters, Northeast Arc. Bernice Corpuz of CBS Radio captured some of the moments in her report.   Clips courtesy of CBS Radio  

Lifespan Series: School Years: Connecting your child with kids in the school and community

This week, our family topic is “Connecting your child with kids in school and the community” which follows up our March 16 blog about family. This topic has been The “Friends at School” toolkit makes this topic much more accessible; you can find it on our website. It was developed by Zach Rosetti, with assistance from Jim Ross, Mary Ann Brennan, and others. Zach’s interest was sparked by his brother …

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The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC Program Featured on WBZ

We are excited to share WBZ’s coverage of The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC program. This fourteen year old program provides training for first responders so that they have the tools to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. ALEC’s trainings have proven to be effective throughout Massachusetts. Learn more: http://www.arcsouthnorfolk.org/alec-first-responder-training.html

Lifespan Series: Your Child and the Extended Family

In the mid 1960s, my father’s cousin delivered a baby son with Down syndrome. I was 13 years old and it was my first exposure to disability. Although the family lived a distance from us, I would see Armen, my cousin, at extended family occasions during the year. Yes, there was a sense that Armen was different, but it was clear that he was part of the family. During his …

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Civic Engagement for People with Disabilities By Scott Lentine

By Scott Lentine As a person with autism, I believe I have many obligations to engage in civic activities and actions on behalf of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Far too often, many people with disabilities are often excluded from civic opportunities, such as voting and serving in communal organizations, in this country due to outdated stereotypes that people still view citizens with …

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Help Guide The Arc’s Advocacy and Education Work

Knowing what you face and your opinions will help The Arc be more effective for you and others. That’s a fact. We are hoping that we will have hundreds of Massachusetts families from diverse backgrounds respond to the FINDS survey* being advanced by The Arc of the US. As of Tuesday we were in the top five of states in survey responses, but we can do better. Help guide our …

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Gov. Baker Visits Breaking Grounds

Thursday, February 16 Governor Charlie Baker made a stop at Breaking Grounds Café in Peabody. The café is Northeast Arc’s newest innovative endeavor providing “employment training and education to people with disabilities.” Amanda, one of the baristas, had the opportunity to speak with Baker about the café and the importance of it in her life. She described the experience as “the best day of her life!” Check out the pictures …

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