In March, we talked about “what will it take” to achieve an inclusive society. Maybe the word inclusive is not concrete enough. How about these?
On Tuesday, May 1, The Arc of Massachusetts Executive Director Leo Sarkissian spoke with Boston Herald Radio about the serious problem of direct care workers who have abused individuals with I/DD being allowed to take on new positions. Leo discusses the importance of the current bill S 2213/H 4026, aka Nicky’s Law, and what a significant impact it would have on our community.
On Monday, April 30, WCVB Channel 5 Boston featured the important story of the ongoing efforts to create a disability abuse registry that would track all direct care workers substantiated of abuse. Currently, there is no such measure in place that would prevent accused workers from simply taking another job elsewhere.
On Friday, April 13, 2018, House of Representatives members submitted 1400 amendments to the recently released House Ways and Means Committee FY 19 budget. We have actively encouraged House members to sign on as cosponsors to seven of those amendments. These amendments ask that funding be increased for budget line items affecting supporting families services and supporting adult services. We encourage all to contact their representatives to sign onto to these amendments if their member has not already done so for each of the amendments.
It’s Autism Awareness Month, and today, Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) is hosting its annual Awareness and Acceptance Day at the State House. Progress has been made, but we can’t stop working toward achieving equal civil rights and opportunities for individuals with autism and other disabilities.