Civic Engagement for People with Disabilities By Scott Lentine

By Scott Lentine As a person with autism, I believe I have many obligations to engage in civic activities and actions on behalf of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Far too often, many people with disabilities are often excluded from civic opportunities, such as voting and serving in communal organizations, in this country due to outdated stereotypes that people still view citizens with …

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Help Guide The Arc’s Advocacy and Education Work

Knowing what you face and your opinions will help The Arc be more effective for you and others. That’s a fact. We are hoping that we will have hundreds of Massachusetts families from diverse backgrounds respond to the FINDS survey* being advanced by The Arc of the US. As of Tuesday we were in the top five of states in survey responses, but we can do better. Help guide our …

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Gov. Baker Visits Breaking Grounds

Thursday, February 16 Governor Charlie Baker made a stop at Breaking Grounds Café in Peabody. The café is Northeast Arc’s newest innovative endeavor providing “employment training and education to people with disabilities.” Amanda, one of the baristas, had the opportunity to speak with Baker about the café and the importance of it in her life. She described the experience as “the best day of her life!” Check out the pictures …

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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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When it is not enough…

Recently five families shared their stories with me. I’m not sure how often you as a family member or person may feel blockaded by the answers you receive when you are trying to improve your situation.  I thought “when it is not enough” would be a great way to convey some thoughts from these conversations. When it’s not enough: Please don’t end the supports planning meeting with the same plan …

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