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Updates From The Arc:

Governor Charlie Baker Launches Massachusetts ABLE Act

May 12, 2017, ,

On Wednesday, May 10 Governor Charlie Baker launched the Massachusetts ABLE Act savings program. The ABLE Act allows persons with disabilities to save money without losing benefits such as Medicaid (MassHealth in our state) and SSI. Here are some key points to remember about the savings program: Eligibility requires that the onset of the disability occur prior to age 26 years The maximum to be saved is $14,000 a year …

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The Arc of MA Welcomes Julia to Sesame Street!

April 10, 2017,

Today, April 10, Sesame Street welcomed Julia to the neighborhood. This new puppet is making history on the show as the first character with autism. Through Julia, producers hope to make individuals with autism feel like they have someone they can relate to and  to make others more understanding and comfortable around those with autism. A few weeks back, NBC Boston stopped by The Arc of Massachusetts offices to interview Maura …

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Serving Up Another Cup

March 27, 2017,

Last month, Governor Charlie Baker visited Breaking Grounds Café in Peabody. Breaking Grounds is one of many innovative endeavors started by one of our chapters, Northeast Arc. Bernice Corpuz of CBS Radio captured some of the moments in her report.   Clips courtesy of CBS Radio  

The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC Program Featured on WBZ

March 20, 2017,

We are excited to share WBZ’s coverage of The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC program. This fourteen year old program provides training for first responders so that they have the tools to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. ALEC’s trainings have proven to be effective throughout Massachusetts. Learn more:

The Arc of Massachusetts Featured on 4 Your Community

February 22, 2017,

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 our Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian returned to WBZ’s 4 Your Community to give an update on what is happening at The Arc of Massachusetts.

Making Dental Care Available in Massachusetts

February 20, 2017, ,

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

February 16, 2017, , 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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Lighting The Town Orange!

December 22, 2016,

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 …

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Join us as the Prudential Tower is lit up The Arc’s signature orange!

December 6, 2016,

The Arc of Massachusetts has been chosen to be a lighting partner for The Shops at Prudential Center’s 31 Nights of Light. Each December the Prudential Tower is lit up nightly to raise awareness of important causes, and this year on December 16 the Pru will be lit up in orange for The Arc. Join us for festive songs by the Minute Man Chorus, the ceremonial flipping of the light …

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ALEC Program Featured on NECN

November 1, 2016,

Please see The Arc in action in Massachusetts!  This time helping first responders learn to work with persons with autism and other developmental disabilities.  The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC (Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition) program was featured on NECN on Halloween night.  Watch the clip below to learn more about the program and how it is providing important training for first responders.    

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