On Wednesday, March 6, The Arc of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) hosted our 41st Annual Legislative Reception at the Massachusetts State House. This year’s theme, in keeping with The Arc’s ongoing Workforce Initiative, was Building a Stronger Future: Valuing Our Workforce.
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.
On Tuesday, January 22, we had a successful, standing room only event at the Grand Staircase at the State House with over 100 people in attendance. It was the third year for our Supporting Families event, which allows individuals with disabilities and their families an opportunity to be supported in their advocacy with legislators. We also invited new legislators to learn about the issues, as part of our biennial New Legislator Reception. Our champion speakers, Senator John Keenan and Representative Denise Garlick, were terrific.
The base of the Grand Staircase at the State House was filled with nearly 100 families, new and returning legislators, professionals, and self-advocates on Tuesday morning. In attendance were Rep. Denise Garlick, Sen. John Keenan, Rep. Tram Nguyen, Rep. Donald Wong, Rep. Mindy Domb, Rep. Carole Fiola, Sen. Jo Comerford, Rep. Nika Elugardo, Rep. Maria Robinson, Rep. Michelle Ciccolo, Rep. Kathy LaNatra and Rep. Tommy Vitolo.
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.