Advocate: The Summer 2020 Issue Is Now Available

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

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

  • The outlook for services
  • A recap of what you have helped The Arc accomplish in these past months
  • The Arc’s commitment to addressing issues of racial injustice
  • Special education guidelines

The full issue of Advocate is available to read here.

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The Months Ahead: Services and the Pandemic by Leo Sarkissian
Tens of thousands of people with disabilities and their families are wondering how daily life will change for them with reopening. The dilemma facing our constituents is significant, and planning is undermined by the continued uncertainty of the pandemic’s trajectory and the lack of sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) as society reopens. Continue reading.
The Arc's COVID-19 Response and Moving Ahead by Maura Sullivan
The Arc of Massachusetts is grateful for the united efforts of our community over the past few months. Our partnerships with other advocacy organizations, as well as critical feedback and information from families and individuals, have helped us to have a significant impact on supports and policies. It also positioned The Arc to explore new paths forward during these complex times. Continue reading.
On Race and Disability: The Arc Chapters Will Act with Intentionality by Leo Sarkissian
Most of my life and work has been in advocacy for the rights of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The discrimination, rejection, and devaluing of persons with disabilities and those who work with them is pronounced. As much as we all try, progress is slow. In this way, our movement shares common barriers and aims with the protest movement taking place since the murder of George Floyd and others. Continue reading.
Reopening of Schools: Planning with Special Education Students in Mind by Kathleen Amaral
The shift from in-person school programming to remote learning due to COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for anyone, especially students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They rely on a predictable routine and the individualized supports and services of their Individualized Education Plans (IEP), which are best provided in-person, sometimes with one-to-one instruction, in the school. Continue reading.

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