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 people must use Tufts clinics due to the lack of available dentists. Add to that the barriers faced by people with low income who use MassHealth for dental care and you multiply the problem by tens of thousands more (perhaps hundreds of thousands). A cost-effective solution is now in sight after decades of facing the problem, but the Massachusetts Dental Society is advocating against it. Please stay tuned, as we advocate for passage of this bill. Read Globe Article Read CBS Boston Article

Lighting The Town Orange!

On Friday, December 16, The Arc of Massachusetts lit up the Prudential Tower in our signature orange as part of The Shops at Prudential Center 31 Nights of Light celebration. The Prudential Center selects a nonprofit partner for each night in December and lights the Prudential Tower in the organization’s color. The annual event has been taking place since 2009 and helps to raise awareness of important causes. The Arc of Massachusetts was delighted to be chosen as a lighting partner this year! Continue reading

The ALEC Program Featured on NECN

On Monday, The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC (Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition)First Responder Training program was featured on NECN. ALEC provides training to First Response agencies throughout the state and nationally on how to appropriately handle situations regarding individuals with  autism and other developmental disabilities.  For more information on the program visit: http://www.arcsouthnorfolk.org/alec-first-responder-training.html