Recent News

New National Autism Indicators Report Released, Focusing On Family Perspectives on Services and Supports

The Arc is pleased to share the National Autism Indicators Report: Family Perspectives on Services and Supports. The Arc’s Maura Sullivan contributed to this report as a member of the Advisory Panel. The report, from Drexel Autism Institute, details information regarding families of autistic adults who use Developmental Disability services and the gaps they face in services and supports, lack of emergency planning and barriers to community participation. Continue reading

Contact Your Senator: Budget Amendments on Nicky’s Law, Pandemic Impact on Students of Color with Autism, and Turning 22

The Arc is grateful for the Senate Ways and Means budget for people with IDD and autism. There are a few amendments that will help with implementation of Nicky’s Law/Dana’s Law, the COVID-19 impact on students of color with autism, and those Turning 22 during this pandemic. Continue reading

FY’22 State Budget: The Arc’s Full Senate Ways and Means Response

On May 11, the Senate Ways & Means Committee released its FY’22 budget. The proposed budget reflects the legislature’s efforts to alleviate the challenges and difficulties the Commonwealth, and particularly the disability community, has faced this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also puts forth a thoughtful plan on how we move forward in an equitable way. The Committee’s budget invests over $2.39 billion in a variety of services and programs that assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism. We’re pleased to see the Senate maintain the House FY’22 budget increases in the DDS line items, including Day and Employment ($15 million increase), Transportation ($7 million increase) and Family Support ($7 million increase), with a total increase of $29 million. Continue reading