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. 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.

Bill Priorities

Our bills advance areas such as healthcare, housing, protection, education and family support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism.

Policy Issues

Policy issues cover changes within government at state or regional levels which impact the ways services are delivered or rights are enforced. MassHealth covers several important community living services in addition to health care.

Go to to join the advocacy efforts of MA21 to make sure DDS Self-Direction follows the Real Lives Law. The Massachusetts Alliance for 21st Century Disability Policy (MA21) was formed in 2007 to protect the right of people with disabilities to self-direct, and through its efforts helped pass the Real Lives Law in 2014.

State Budget

Each January the Governor releases his version of the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1st. Each branch of the legislature (House and Senate) in turn develops a budget on which they ultimately agree and send to the Governor for his signature prior to July 1st.

Advocacy Tools

In this section, you will find various tools to navigate the information on public policy such as Advocacy Guides, How You Can Help, Public testimony, and Useful Information.

Insider's View

Insider’s View offers constituents a chance to get to know the members of the Massachusetts legislature and hear from them directly about their involvement with the disability community.

GA Committee Opportunity to Participate

The Government Affairs Committee consists of members of The Arc’s 17 chapters and other organizations, who meet once a month to discuss legislative priorities and advocacy actions.


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June 5, 2023

Act Now: The FY24 Budget Is In Conference Committee – Make Your Voices Heard for The Arc’s Priorities Today!

Dear Advocates, We are at the final stage of the FY24 State Budget negotiations with the legislature.  The Arc is grateful for Governor Healey’s House 1 Budget, as well as…
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May 25, 2023

The Arc of Massachusetts Hosts 2023 Annual Meeting, EOHHS Secretary Kate Walsh Takes Part in Discussion of Disability Issues

On Tuesday, May 23, The Arc of Massachusetts hosted our 2023 Annual Meeting. Affiliates of The Arc, sponsor and partner organizations, Board and staff members, and members of our community…
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May 25, 2023

The Arc Launches Resource Center on Medicaid Unwinding and MassHealth Redetermination

The federal government ended its protections and continuous Medicaid coverage requirements on April 1, 2023. MassHealth has begun a process with members to see if they still qualify for their…

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