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.

Bill Priorities – Tracking Legislation – Laws Advocacy Tools- Helpful Guides and Fact Sheets
Policy Issues – A Variety of Key Issues Insider’s View – Comments from Policy Makers
State Budget – Tracking our Budget Process GA Committee Opportunity to Participate


Act Now: Ensure Necessary FY21 Funding for People with I/DD and Autism

We ask for your help at this pivotal time for the disability community. Please take a few minutes to reach out to your legislators using The Arc’s template below. Governor Baker recently submitted his revised FY’ 2021 budget. Continue reading

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COVID-19: Leo’s Letter: State Budget On! Ups & Downs, Advocacy Essential in Weeks Ahead

It’s on! Together we face an uphill challenge as the state scrambles to finalize this year’s budget. Continue reading

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COVID-19: Leo’s Letter: Facing Crisis and Opportunity

Crisis and Opportunity are the themes that reflect our work at The Arc each day and each week. Continue reading

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COVID-19: Budget Updates Released, Including Day Program Rates; Advocacy For Maintenance Needed

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. Continue reading

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