Governor Charlie Baker Launches Massachusetts ABLE Act

On Wednesday, May 10 Governor Charlie Baker launched the Massachusetts ABLE Act savings program. The ABLE Act allows persons with disabilities to save money without losing benefits such as Medicaid (MassHealth in our state) and SSI. Here are some key points to remember about the savings program: Eligibility requires that the onset of the disability occur prior to age 26 years The maximum to be saved is $14,000 a year …

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It Happened…

It happened – the US House of Representatives has voted once more to change the Affordable Care Act. In return for reducing access or services through health care and Medicaid, you’ll have an additional tax benefit for paying more for health care. However,  imagine if you have a disability and need long term services and support – reduced Medicaid means reduced or no supports. In such as situation very few …

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Hidden Figures

As I watched the movie Hidden Figures, I was once again struck by the depth of discrimination facing African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. So what does this movie have to do with disability? The most obvious connection is the experience of segregation and disenfranchisement. People with physical disabilities found themselves in hospitals while those with intellectual/developmental disabilities found themselves in state institutions.  Despite different building titles these facilities kept …

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We Want Your Feedback!

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The Arc is part of a social inclusion committee, working with DDS and other stakeholders connected to the Department of Developmental Services. UMass (CDDER, Shriver Center) is working with DDS to collect feedback on the social inclusion policies. We also will be co-hosting a session on May 16 (2 sessions) for direct feedback. A flyer will be out shortly, but you can give feedback via survey monkey instead or as …

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The Arc of MA Releases a House Ways and Means Budget Analysis

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The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) celebrates the release of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Budget announced by Chair Brian Dempsey.  Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc, stated “Chair Dempsey and the House Ways/Means Committee members not only recognized the rising number of students requiring public support as adults, but ensure that all young adults who need DDS funding will receive it   –it’s a landmark decision.” Turning 22 …

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Extending the Legacy: The Arc of Massachusetts Celebrates the Becker Family

On April 6, a standing room only crowd gathered at the Sheraton Framingham to celebrate the enduring legacy of Dan and Angela Becker and their son Michael. Hosted by Alex Moschella, the Beckers’ attorney and trustee of their estate, the program featured many wonderful memories about the Becker family, a keynote address by Elin Howe, Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services, and two major announcements. A long-time advisor to …

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The Arc of MA Welcomes Julia to Sesame Street!

Today, April 10, Sesame Street welcomed Julia to the neighborhood. This new puppet is making history on the show as the first character with autism. Through Julia, producers hope to make individuals with autism feel like they have someone they can relate to and  to make others more understanding and comfortable around those with autism. A few weeks back, NBC Boston stopped by The Arc of Massachusetts offices to interview Maura …

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