On Friday, October 29, The Arc’s Government Affairs and Public Policy team members filled the virtual hearing rooms and testified on behalf of The Arc’s priority bills, including bills in front of the Joint Committee on Public Health and the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.
The Arc of Massachusetts, Mass Down Syndrome Congress, and Northeast Arc have released a statement regarding the suit filed by the Corbett family alleging that a state trooper (and four others who arrived as backup) overreacted and intentionally and/or negligently inflicted emotional distress on their son. The Salem News reported that Brian, who is 29 years old and stands 4’11”, was taken onto the ground and placed in handcuffs. He continues to be traumatized according to his family and others who know him.
On October 29, two hearings will be held that include bills on The Arc platform, one by the Joint Committee on Public Health, and the other by the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.
In my September 30 blog titled “Rebooting the Workforce Initiative,” I also advocated for rebooting the way we deliver services. We have no choice given the workforce crisis we face.
In this video message, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian discusses two priority federal initiatives affecting our community: President Biden’s efforts to secure $400 billion in funding for Home- and Community-Based Services, and the Better Care Better Jobs Act efforts spearheaded by Senator Bob Casey and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
The 2021 Transition Conference webinar series will demonstrate how the LifeCourse Frameworks and Tools can help you create seamless, successful transitions into the adult world for your loved ones. The 2-week virtual program will begin with a welcome from Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc of Massachusetts, and a kickoff with special guest Corey Ferguson from the Department of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio.