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.
The budget deliberations have begun in the House and Senate. As you may know, we at The Arc have made our workforce crisis the priority. Our workforce salaries are affected by the rate increase given to human service providers which cover all costs (salaries, benefits, occupancy, etc).
On Thursday, February 13, over 150 advocates including self-advocates, family members, direct support professionals, and more braved the rain and snow to join The Arc of Massachusetts and the Supporting Families Coalition for our annual Supporting Families Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House.
The Arc Of Massachusetts Releases Budget Analysis of the Baker-Polito Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) House 2 Budget
On January 22, Governor Baker released the first draft of the FY 2021 State Budget. The Arc of Massachusetts is now sharing our full analysis of the key line items.
Governor Baker Releases First Draft Of FY2021 State Budget, Including Key Increases For DDS Line Items
The Arc is grateful to the Governor for his proposed increases in the House 2 FY 2021 budget. The Department of Developmental Services has increases totaling approximately $50 million. The Arc is especially thankful for the $7.8 million increase in Family Support, as well as the $7.8 million increase in the Autism Omnibus (adult autism) line items.