60 Honorees For 60 Years- Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

As we prepare to celebrate our 60th Anniversary on Thursday, November 19, we will be featuring our honorees in this space. Learn more about their contributions to The Arc of Massachusetts and how they have enhanced the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Spotlight Honoree: Massachusetts

Developmental Disabilities Council

MDDC LogoThe Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council has maintained a collaboration with The Arc of Massachusetts since the DD Council was created in 1971. Our true partnership began in 1979 with the co-hosting of a legislative reception at the State House. The success of that event encouraged us to continue holding an annual event, and our 37th State House reception was held in March 2015! Over the years we have partnered on dozens of key policy and budget initiatives in many areas, including supporting Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change and Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, the Tools for Tomorrow project, housing and education initiatives, systems change grants, self-directed supports and numerous funding priorities. Our recent successes include the establishment and support of the MA21 partnership for 21st century disability policy, which has led to the passage of the Real Lives bill, establishing the foundation for person-centered planning.

Stewards: Donald and Elizabeth Stewart, Maureen and James Sullivan, Theresa and Harvey Varnet


Donald and Elizabeth Stewart

Donald and Elizabeth Stewart



Donald and Elizabeth Stewart were founders of the Leaders & Founders Society, an initiative to encourage and recognize major donors to The Arc. Don served on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2000 and was president for three years. He has led a number of initiatives.






Maureen and James Sullivan were founding members of The Arc’s Leaders & Founders Society, generously supporting advocacy for decades. Maureen was a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2002 and chaired The Arc’s Distinguished Citizen Awards Committee. She also played a leadership role on the government affairs committee on issues such as Turning 22 and Family Support.


Terrie Varnet

Theresa Varnet



Theresa and Harvey Varnet, have generously supported The Arc for decades. Terrie – an attorney has shared her expertise. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998 and served as president.

To learn more about this year’s honorees visit: http://thearcofmass.org/the-arc-of-massachusetts-60th-anniversary-gala-honorees/

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