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Insider’s View: Representative Paul Frost

rep frostMy district is the Seventh Worcester; which includes the towns of Auburn, Millbury and sections of Charlton and Oxford. I have served in the Massachusetts legislature for nearly twenty years and currently am a member of the following committees: Rules; Election Laws; Redistricting.  In addition to my committee responsibilities, I serve as Assistant Republican House Whip.  Over the past several years, we have made great strides with legislation affecting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  I am most impressed by the individual stories of families in my district.  I will continue to work towards the effort to open opportunities for all individuals.  And I look forward to working with my colleagues to champion legislation that improves the lives individuals and families in my district.

Don’t Miss Our Annual Meeting!

secretary-sudders-708x506Please join us on Thursday, April 14, 2016 for The Arc of Massachusetts Annual Meeting and Dinner. Secretary of Health & Human Services Marylou Sudders will be our guest speaker. The evening includes a reception, dinner, awards presentation, and a business meeting. Continue reading

The Arc Shares Historical Material With Brandeis Archives

crowd with signs historicalAs The Arc celebrates 60 years of advocacy, we have taken a major step in the construction of a new headquarters building in Waltham: moving to temporary offices.  Staff worked together over several months to prepare for the move. The move and the construction are being funded by our Home for the Future Capital Campaign, which has raised more than $800,000 toward our goal of $1.6 million. Since the existing building  needed to be demolished to make room for a new one, everything in the building needed to be moved or stored, including decades of historical materials.  We soon discovered that this was going to be the most daunting aspect of the move. In addition to documents showing our work on advocacy and policy development,  we found hundreds of articles, memorabilia, and numerous unique items. We realized that preserving this history was very important and that we had to find a way to preserve it and share it with others. Our search for a home for these historical pieces led us to Brandeis University, which is just up the road from The Arc. Brandeis has a wonderful social justice collection in the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collection. These archives include the collections of Samuel Gridley Howe, Gunnar and Rosemary Dybwad, and Irving Zola.  The University graciously accepted a large portion of The Arc’s historical material to place in that public collection. “We are excited to be able to share this material with Brandeis, researchers and the wider community. The Brandeis collection will be supplemented with a record of disability advocacy in Massachusetts, some of which had national implications.  There is much valuable information for research and education,” said The Arc’s Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian.  The close working relationship with the Heller School at Brandeis can be discovered too given the roles of Gunnar Dybwad, Marty Krauss, and others. The materials are being processed, and once they have been added to the collection, they will be available for public view at the University. The other collections housed there can be viewed now.  To make an appointment to view the material call  781-736-4686, or email ascdepartment@brandeis.edu. Click here for more information on our capital campaign. Continue reading

Supporting Families Through Family Support

On March 23, in the Great Hall of the State House, The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the DDS Statewide Advisory Council celebrated the department’s family support program and recognized the families that highlight the program.  Some of the individuals recognized were Evelyn Hausslein (Gunnar Dybwad Leadership Award) , Cathe Carpenter (Benjamin Ricci Commemorative Award Winner), Linda Cournoyer (Benjamin Ricci Commemorative Award Winner), and Dr. Robert Baldor, MD (2016 Allen Crocker, MD, Heath Services Award). Continue reading