Advocate: The Spring 2020 Issue Is Now Available

In April, The Arc of Massachusetts made the decision to delay the publication of the Spring 2020 issue of our quarterly print newsletter Advocate. We are now pleased to share with you a digital-only, shorter edition of Advocate, with editorials from The Arc team about COVID-19.

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

  • The new normal in our community
  • The results of our focus groups and community survey
  • Changes in Operation House Call
  • Urgent state and federal advocacy in the coming months

The full issue of Advocate is available to read here.


From the Return to How We Got Here by Leo Sarkissian
The cost of services will increase perhaps accompanied by the pressure to operate with existing or reduced funds due to the state budget deficit. Our collective advocacy during the next few months will be essential on the state and national levels. What is unclear is our nation’s policy on addressing the large revenue gaps due to the COVID-19 response by states and municipalities. Continue reading.
The Arc Is Listening by Kerry Mahoney
The Arc of Massachusetts relies on families and individuals to guide our advocacy. The Coronavirus pandemic was a shock to us all and presented new issues requiring creative and innovative ideas and strategies. To learn from our constituents, The Arc of Massachusetts did a survey to learn what the issues you and your loved ones are facing. Continue reading.
The Importance of Operation House Call during the COVID-19 Healthcare Crisis by Maura Sullivan
Never has the mission of Operation House Call and our work been more important than in recent months as healthcare rationing guidelines were developed for a COVID-19 response by states across our nation. These Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) were inherently discriminatory against people with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Continue reading.
Our Community Needs to Be Visible by Leo Sarkissian
A large state deficit and a struggling economy can only translate into budget cuts. Disability services, however, provide an ongoing safety net for thousands of citizens. This uncertain period will challenge the Governor’s Cabinet and our legislative leadership. We need a collective voice to identify novel solutions so that our community will not be inequitably affected by the decisions which will be made. Continue reading.

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