The Conference Committee, chaired by Rep. Brian Dempsey and Senator Karen Spilka, released a very positive report last night, July 7, 2015. Thank you to all conferees. As we went into Conference Committee we were concerned about potential shortfalls entering this fiscal year (which started on July 1). We hope and trust that the full legislature will approve the budget and that Gov. Baker will not veto any of our line items.
Registration is now open for the 2015 Transition Conference that will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at the Best Western/Royal Plaza in Marlborough MA. This full-day statewide Transition conference has been specifically planned for parents of children with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22 who are transitioning from school to the adult world.
Celebrate 60 Years of The Arc of Massachusetts
November 19, 2015
On Thursday, November 19, The Arc of Massachusetts will celebrate its 60th anniversary at The Westin Waltham. The event will include a reception, dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will support of the work of The Arc.
The Senate budget included several high points for the disability community — it addresses the Family Support reduction originally in House One with funding that restores proposed cut in House 1 and adds, $1.45 Million for needed services; an additional $500,000 above House 1 for Turning 22, additional dollars for Children’s Autism Waiver Services and safeguards AFC caregiver respite for 2016 among other things (EI-$1 Mil. shortfall fixed, etc.)