A message from Secretary MaryLou Sudders on the appointment of an interim commissioner:

Dear Colleagues, As you know, Commissioner Howe is retiring from public service next Friday, July 14, 2017.  I’m pleased to inform you that Jane Ryder, Deputy Commissioner has  agreed to serve as  Interim Commissioner beginning July 15th while the active search for a successor continues. Jane has worked for the Department since September of 1995 and was promoted into the Deputy Commissioner role in July 2015.  She has assisted Commissioner …

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Support The Arc of Massachusetts with a Gift Today

Thousands of caretakers across the state are striving to do what is best for their family members. The Arc of Massachusetts works to ensure that they have the resources they need by: Advocating for increased funding for services and supports Offering educational resources, including webinars, clinics, and the Turning 22 Conference Training medical students in the special needs of patients with I/DD in Operation House Call Partnering with The Arc …

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New Autism Center at The Arc of Greater Plymouth

  On April 3rd a proud and excited group of young people cut the ribbon at the entrance of The Arc of Greater Plymouth’s Autism Services’ beautiful new space at Archways Enterprises at 10 Cordage Park Circle in Plymouth.  Program Director Sue O’Shea, Program Coordinator Katie Riordan and six eager young people on the autism spectrum were finally moved into their bright, multi-purposed and carefully designed space.  Computer work stations …

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An Update on the Senate Health Care Bill

As many of you realize, the Senate version of the Health Care bill was released yesterday, June 22.  Unfortunately, this bill also severely cuts Medicaid and health care coverage provisions as in the House bill. The bill includes deep Medicaid cuts and focuses on reducing premiums (Ted Cruz says they are NOT low enough in the Senate bill) but neglects long-term impact on out of pocket and premiums for those who …

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The Arc of the South Shore’s Autism Resource Center

From The Arc of South Shore: The past 6 months have been busy and exciting for The Autism Resource Center of The Arc of the South Shore! We have collaborated with community partners to reach as many families as possible, including The Emilson and Quincy YMCA’s, Laura’s Center for the Arts, Sing Explore Create!, Little Bee Yoga, Scituate CORSE Foundation, Sidekicks Inc., South Shore Autism Center, Quincy College, Pratt Memorial …

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Breaking Grounds on WCVB

This week, Nicole Estaphan of WCVB stopped into Breaking Grounds Café to see what was brewing. She met the staff of Northeast Arc’s newest endeavor and experienced how the Café is making a difference in the community and in the lives of individuals with disabilities. She also learned how future legislation could affect those individuals.  In addition to airing on WCVB, the story also aired on ABC affiliate stations in New …

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Senate Ways And Means Budget Released

The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) applauds the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Budget announced by Chairperson Karen Spilka. Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc stated, “Chairperson Spilka and the Senate Ways/Means Committee members have affirmed that young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities do need a pathway to a full life in the community. Their decision to address Turning 22 and adult needs is another landmark decision which …

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