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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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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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  

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

Making Dental Care Available in Massachusetts

On February 15, Laura Krantz’s story in The Boston Globe reported the “high-stakes battle over better access and higher quality oral care for the poor.” In that article, our own Maura Sullivan talked about driving three towns away to find a dentist who would work with her children. In fact, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provides funding to Tufts Dental Clinic to ensure that dentists are available. Thousands of …

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In The News

Massachusetts State House

At the end of January, Governor Charlie Baker released the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal. The proposed budget boosts funding for Turning 22. Check out the articles below to see how the changes affect individuals with disabilities and their families.   Baker boosts funding for young disabled adults Feb. 5, 2017   Our view: Gov. Baker gives big boost to those helping disabled Feb. 13, 2017   Self-advocates and people …

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