Herb Cabral and Julie Heffernan join Kerry Mahoney in kicking off the Advocacy Alliance. The purpose is to build long term capacity for advocacy at both the state and local levels. The Arc Affiliates and other partners will identify leadership teams consisting of a family member, staff and a self-advocate.
We are looking for your input regarding nearly $1 million in grants from the Becker Family Trust. Last April, in conjunction with the Becker Center for Advocacy, trustees announced Innovation/Direct Impact grants to be distributed over two to three years. Our site here focuses on the Center’s advocacy and the trustees’ grants program.
Last week Governor Baker visited with The Arc and the Center of Hope Foundation to see the impact of Turning 22 funding. Check out the coverage from WCVB5 below – employees with disabilities are making a difference!
On July 7, the Conference Committee lowered state budget line items– including DDS — due to the continued uncertainty of state revenues. On July 17, Governor Charlie Baker vetoed an additional $320 million on top of the legislature’s reduction, including a cut of more than $7 million from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) budget. The impact of these reductions means uncertainty for many people. These decisions were also affected by the continued uncertainty caused by Capitol Hill policy makers. Although we believe that the legislature will override the Governor’s vetoes, we don’t know for certain and, of course, will advocate for further dollars given the needs of people who are served by the Department of Developmental Disabilities.