As we enter 2018, The Arc of Massachusetts would like to thank everyone who supported us and our mission by making a contribution in 2017. Thanks to the generous donations from our supporters, we have been able to continue our work of enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within Massachusetts. All people with I/DD, including autism, deserve equal rights and treatment, and with your help, we have been able to work to ensure a world in which they can be part of the community.
“We’re halfway on the ultramarathon of social change.” So says Canadian Rick Hansen, who has done much to advance disability rights and opportunities. I happened to catch a podcast with him on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting) in December. The fall of 2017 marked the 30-year Anniversary of his “Man in Motion World Tour” that raised $26 million and greatly advanced disability awareness. He traveled to peaks across the world with the use of a wheelchair.
People like you, who believe in the mission and work of The Arc of Massachusetts, support us in many ways. Advocating for laws and policies that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, opening homes to students in Operation House Call, and sharing impactful stories with legislators are a few examples.
“He helps her with homework and making her lunch. When she has seizures, he doesn’t panic. He’s very kind in the sense that if he knows the answer, he’ll say ‘Let’s figure it out together.’” So says the fourth grade teacher of Marcus Devoy, an Arizona fourth grader. Marcus is a role model for others, including his football teammates, as he helps his older sister, Jade, who has epilepsy and an intellectual disability.