Last week, we gathered together at our 2019 Annual Meeting to celebrate the dawn of our 65th year! The Arc depends upon collaboration, but to remain vital, we also recognize those that help us build capacity to be there for you, our constituency. At the event, we recognized five individuals and agencies, all of whom are achievers who go the extra mile.
Each year, The Arc joins with other organizations to host a Disability Policy Seminar (DPS partners listed here) during which family members and staff visit D.C. to talk to their Senators, Representatives, and/or their aides on Capitol Hill. Typically, we visit with health or related policy staff in each office and often meet with some of our elected officials.
I was so pleased to take part in recognizing Anne, Jillian, Angelina and Braeden last night at our 2019 Gala, with the help of WBZ’s Chris McKinnon and our President Deborah Norton! What fitting champions for our 64th anniversary. You can find their stories here.
Over a four week period, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means will hold its budget hearings. The last one is the public hearing in the State House (Gardner Auditorium) on Friday, April 2. This past Monday, we got to hear Health and Human Services (HHS) Part 1 in Needham chaired by Representative Denise Garlick (House Ways and Means vice-chair) and Senator Mike Rush.