Lifespan Series: Caregivers Growing Older

Here at The Arc of Massachusetts we receive numerous phone calls from concerned brothers and sisters about their sibling with special needs living with aging parents.  At times these calls are in a crisis mode, where the sibling is now a caregiver because of their parents’ passing or placement in a nursing home.  Other times it is watching the elder take care of their sons and daughters and receiving little …

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Welcome Elizabeth Pell, MSW, LICSW !

Elizabeth Pell, MSW, LICSW has joined The Arc of Massachusetts Team as our Director of Policy Implementation and the Co-Director of the Becker Center For Advocacy. Elizabeth has been an advocate for people with disabilities and older adults for over 35 years.  She is a social worker with policy and hands-on practice experience that crosses service systems — intellectual and developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, older adults, and end of life. …

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Lifespan Series: Transition to Adulthood

Transition is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, to another. For you and your child, transition means that he/she is moving from childhood to young adulthood and from school to adult life. Opening this door to the future can be a time of mixed feelings and emotions.  Students and their families are leaving the familiarity of a school to enter a brand new …

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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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