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Protected: 2021 Transition Conference – Recordings

2021 Transition Conference – Recordings

These recordings will be available on-demand until May 31, 2022.

Charting the Life Course: What You Need to Know Before You Begin! 1:06:43

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Developing and Utilizing Self-Determination Skills 1:21:28

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DDS 101: What You Should Know As Transition From High School To Life After High School Approaches 1:27:41

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Voice and Choice: Important Discussions Around Legal Decision Making 1:16:53

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Planificación Futura: Es Posible y Necesario – Part 1 28:36

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Planificación Futura: Es Posible y Necesario – Part 2 26:43

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Reframing Your Role: What Parents Absolutely Need to Know About Their Own Adult’s Transition 1:21:10

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Legacy Planning: A New Way of Thinking about Special Needs Planning 56:57

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Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission: An Overview of Services for Students and Adults 1:22:31

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Pathways to Friendship 1:22:22

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If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now – Talking Transition with Self-Advocates 1:32:12

Supporting Young Adults with Mental Health 1:19:17

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Individual Support Services: Living Independently Starts with Personalized Interdependence 1:18:38

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Let’s Talk About the Money: Financial Planning Strategies, Tips & Tools 1:28:51

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Thinking about Housing 1:32:41

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Raising Expectations for Better Futures 1:37:09

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Transition from School to Adult Life – Using the IEP to Create Success 1:26:07

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House Of Representatives Passes Build Back Better Act, Contact Your Senators Today

On the morning of Friday, November 19, the Build Back Better Act passed the House, including the $150 billion investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities. Thank you to Nicole Jorwic and others at The Arc; Nicole has worked endlessly on this and The Arc will keep up the drum beat and get this through the Senate as fast as we possibly can. Keep your eye out for our renewed action alert with a focus on the Senate! Continue reading

Leo’s Letter: 30 Years On: Learning From History To Address The Current Service Crisis

I’m lucky. Even during COVID and after thirty years, I so appreciate serving at The Arc of Massachusetts, due to our significant mission, and the wonderful colleagues throughout the decades. I gratefully nod at the staff and volunteers who welcomed me in those early days, and although I’ll mention just a few, they represent many. Continue reading

Leo’s Letter: Recommendations on Addressing Assistance Needs for Adults and Turning 22

Last week, I noted that an estimated 5,000 individuals who typically receive community day supports (who either already received them or recently turned 22 years old) have not been able to obtain adequate assistance. This is not due to funding but to the lack of workers. We continue our efforts at information gathering and sharing recommendations this week and next Monday. More information follows. Continue reading

Updates On Massachusetts American Rescue Plan Act Spending, The Arc’s Priority Bills

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a $3.82 billion bill to spend about half of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act funds. This week, the Senate will debate its own version. They aim to deliver a bill to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk by next week before the Legislature takes a recess. Continue reading

Protected: Transition Conference – Session Registration Links

 November 9 – Day 3:

  • 10:00AM DDS 101: What You Should Know About DDS As The Transition From High School To Life After High School Approaches
  • 12:00PM Voice and Choice: Important Discussions Around Legal Decision Making

November 10 – Day 4:

  • 10:00AM Reframing Your Role: What Parents Need To Know About Their Own Adult’s Transition
  • 12:00PM Legacy Planning: A New Way Of Thinking About Special Needs Planning

November 12 – Day 5:

  • 10:00AM Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission: An Overview Of Services For Students And Adults
  • 12:00PM Transition From School to Adult Life: Using the IEP to Create Success

November 15 – Day 6:

  • 10:00AM Pathways to Friendship
  • 12:00PM Future Planning for Spanish Caregivers: It’s Possible and Necessary Part 2

November 16 – Day 7:

  • 10:00AM If I Only Knew Then What I Knew Now: Talking Transitions with Self-Advocates
  • 12:00PM Supporting Young Adults with Mental Health

November 17 – Day 8:

  • 10:00AM Individual Support Services: Living Independently Starts with Personalized Interdependence
  • 12:00PM Let’s Talk About the Money: Financial Planning Strategies, Tips, & Tools

November 18 – Day 9: