Advocate: The Spring 2021 Issue Is Now Available Online

The Arc of Massachusetts is pleased to share with you the digital edition of the Spring 2021 issue of Advocate. The theme of this issue is Reconnecting. As we start to emerge from the pandemic, we look forward to reconnecting with the broader community through friendships, work, volunteering, and faith.

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

  • The FY22 State Budget
  • Health equity advances
  • The 2021 Disability Policy Seminar
  • Volunteering as social connection

The full issue of Advocate is available to read here.

Massachusetts Legislature and FY22 State Budget by Leo Sarkissian
As we went to press, the state budget was being wrapped up in the House of Representatives. The Arc is grateful for a positive outcome in the House. We greatly appreciate the leadership and work of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Aaron Michlewitz and members of his committee. We look forward to a positive reception in the Senate as well. The House and Senate have been very responsive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading.
Focus on Health Equity and Training by Maura Sullivan
The Arc of Massachusetts is excited to announce that we are partnering with The Arc of the United States and The Arc of Oregon to develop a web-based, culturally competent training and toolkit for emergency medical personnel. The Arc will implement this training at four Massachusetts emergency departments in the coming year. This project is possible due to a grant from the WITH Foundation. Continue reading.
2021 Virtual Disability Policy Seminar by Ellen Taverna
Almost 50 Massachusetts self-advocates, family members, and staff from The Arc of Massachusetts and The Arc Chapters along with LEND Fellows at the Institute for Community Inclusion and colleagues from the Shriver/UMMC and MDDC attended the annual Disability Policy Seminar (DPS). Continue reading.
Volunteering Through the Pandemic and Beyond by Katie Driscoll, Phoebe Goodman, Jack Yates
Volunteering is a concrete way that people can actively contribute to their communities, a strategy that may lead to deeper connections. Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, and even feel happier and healthier. Because relationships and friendships are our goal, volunteering should be repeated regularly for the same cause or organization. Continue reading.

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