Advocacy can mean many things both in regard to what and the how. The what for us is—working toward policies, funding, laws, regulations and other types of outcomes which advance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families (see our mission here ). On a simple level, the “how” means encouraging, pleading, urging, and providing justification. But it gets more complex when you apply the “how” to “where”. There is the administration of the state or federal government, the legislature, the courts, school committees, etc.
The advancements of our present age didn’t come easily and require vigilance and yes, advocacy. Further advocacy for our cause requires people –anyone who cares about disabilities and wishes to build a good life in the community. Services cost dollars, rights require laws and regulations and understanding takes public education. Much has been done, but there continues to be work to do. The Advocacy pages share areas in which we are most involved and tools. Our priorities evolve over time. This page provides an index of the section and government affairs headlines.
Thank you for the immense advocacy efforts from our community. Both DDS and MassHealth have negotiated and released enhanced billing rates for array of services associated with Day Programs.
There is no way that in a few paragraphs I can capture our experience since March. But we owe a debt of gratitude to those front-line staff who stayed at their jobs to support persons with disabilities.
For The Arc, the last week was a time of negotiating and planning. Agencies continued a frantic pace to plan for re-opening, but still without financial flexibility.
In case you haven’t heard, with the help of your advocacy, negotiations are in process for enhanced billing for day programs. Now is the time for one last push.