On Monday, February 4, 2019, The Arc of Massachusetts Board President Deborah Norton was spotlighted in The Boston Globe‘s Metro section. The profile discusses Deborah’s lifelong commitment to ensuring adequate rights and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities – including her own, Sam.
On Wednesday January 30, Operation House Call (OHC) piloted a new program with Tufts Medical School and Simmons University. 170 Medical students, Graduate Nursing students, Physical Therapy and Nutrition students took part in OHC lectures taught by Maura Sullivan, Director of OHC, and Julie Heffernan, Parent Instructor. OHC has matched each TUSM medical student with 2 Simmons Graduate Nursing students and assigned these groups to go together to visit homes of our OHC host families. We are excited to bring together future doctors and nurses to hear directly from families about how to enhance care for their loved ones with autism or Down syndrome or other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Thank you to our sponsors in the Senate and the House for championing The Arc’s priority legislation. Currently we are working to obtain as many cosponsors as possible. Our bill platform, featured below, includes a broad scope of legislation which addresses critical needs of our community including health care, safety, education, housing, and the workforce.