In this week’s Leo’s Letter, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian discusses The Arc of Massachusetts’ 2019 legislative goals, and how they relate to the fulfillment of our mission of enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, through advocacy for inclusion, self-determination, and equity across all aspects of society.
This week, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian uses the example of a man with I/DD named Paul, who was subjected to abuse in both community living and a state operated home, in order to clarify why we need to make progress on valuing our workforce – and ensuring that the best people are chosen for the job.
Last week, Tim Franchere got to pose with his state senator, Adam Hinds, in the local news. Tim was recognized for his achievements, including his job at a store and volunteer work at the local Meals on Wheels program. Anthony Tanner was recognized, too, but not only for his stellar employment history. Anthony’s growth as an employee has spilled over to his personal life, where he has realized with some coaching that he can be more independent in his apartment, too, helping to prepare his own and community meals.