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Updates On Massachusetts American Rescue Plan Act Spending, The Arc’s Priority Bills

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a $3.82 billion bill to spend about half of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act funds. This week, the Senate will debate its own version. They aim to deliver a bill to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk by next week before the Legislature takes a recess. Continue reading

Protected: Transition Conference – Session Registration Links

 November 9 – Day 3:

  • 10:00AM DDS 101: What You Should Know About DDS As The Transition From High School To Life After High School Approaches
  • 12:00PM Voice and Choice: Important Discussions Around Legal Decision Making

November 10 – Day 4:

  • 10:00AM Reframing Your Role: What Parents Need To Know About Their Own Adult’s Transition
  • 12:00PM Legacy Planning: A New Way Of Thinking About Special Needs Planning

November 12 – Day 5:

  • 10:00AM Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission: An Overview Of Services For Students And Adults
  • 12:00PM Transition From School to Adult Life: Using the IEP to Create Success

November 15 – Day 6:

  • 10:00AM Pathways to Friendship
  • 12:00PM Future Planning for Spanish Caregivers: It’s Possible and Necessary Part 2

November 16 – Day 7:

  • 10:00AM If I Only Knew Then What I Knew Now: Talking Transitions with Self-Advocates
  • 12:00PM Supporting Young Adults with Mental Health

November 17 – Day 8:

  • 10:00AM Individual Support Services: Living Independently Starts with Personalized Interdependence
  • 12:00PM Let’s Talk About the Money: Financial Planning Strategies, Tips, & Tools

November 18 – Day 9:

The Arc Testifies At Virtual Hearings On Behalf Of Priority Bills, Including Nicky’s Law Expansion

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. Continue reading

Joint Statement on Best Practices on Emergency Response for People with IDD

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. Continue reading