Advocate: The Fall 2020 Issue Is Now Available Online

The Arc of Massachusetts is pleased to share with you the digital edition of the Fall 2020 issue of Advocate.

Below, you will find some previews of some of the articles included, on topics such as:

  • The 2020 Election and the road ahead
  • Caregiver Appreciation Month
  • The Arc’s legislative priorities
  • Technology access survey results
  • Stories of inclusion and more highlights from chapters

The full issue of Advocate is available to read here.

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Despite Divided County, Leadership is Essential During the Pandemic by Leo Sarkissian
We kept delaying the Advocate hoping to focus this article on what a Biden or Trump victory would mean for our constituents. On November 7, we learned that Joe Biden had enough states to meet 270 electoral college votes and become the 46th President of the United States. In his acceptance speech referring to the promise of our nation, he stated “We must make the promise of the country real for ethnicity, their faith, their identity or their disability.” Perhaps the first time disability has been mentioned in
recent times in such a speech. Continue reading.
The Arc’s Priorities during the Extended Legislative Session by Maura Sullivan
With the deadline extended for the 2019-2020 legislative session, The Arc continues to advocate for legislation related to COVID-19, as well as our top priority bills for 2020. We hope to see our Police Training in Autism legislation, which has been accepted as an amendment to the police reform bill, pass out of conference committee and onto the Governor very soon. Continue reading.
Appreciating Caregivers! by Kerry Mahoney
Did you know that November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month? Family caregivers deserve our thanks during the pandemic. Since March, thousands of family caregivers have given their all to support the needs of their loved ones. Some have left their jobs, making them vulnerable to financial insecurity. Others have quarantined their families to limit the spread of the virus for their high-risk children and adults. Many are assisting their children and adults with remote learning while balancing work responsibilities from home. No matter what the situation is none of it has been easy. Continue reading.
Access to Technology for Persons with Disabilities: A Survey Snapshot by Leo Sarkissian
In September 2019, The Arc of Massachusetts joined with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Association of Developmental Disability Providers (ADDP) and created a task force to advance technology use in our field. While persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can benefit from the use of technology for communication, employment, home life and social inclusion, they often have limited access to it. Continue reading.

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