Governor Baker’s proposed budget for FY 2019 again keeps pace with the DDS Turning 22 program as more than 1,000 students graduate into adult services. In addition, a $5 Million increase is budgeted for Autism Omnibus which addresses those newly eligible with autism[i].
This week we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. His legacy is great: expanding civil rights for all citizens and the initiation of a Poor People’s Campaign shortly before his death. Today’s efforts to establish equity for many groups, including those with disabilities, can be traced to his efforts.
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.
As we enter 2018, The Arc of Massachusetts would like to thank everyone who supported us and our mission by making a contribution in 2017. Thanks to the generous donations from our supporters, we have been able to continue our work of enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within Massachusetts. All people with I/DD, including autism, deserve equal rights and treatment, and with your help, we have been able to work to ensure a world in which they can be part of the community.
“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.