Advocate: The Summer/Fall 2021 Issue Is Now Available

The Arc of Massachusetts is pleased to share with you the digital edition of the Summer/Fall 2021 issue of Advocate.

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

  • The Final FY22 State Budget
  • Technology Forward Recommendations
  • Legislative Hearings
  • Workforce Shortage Crisis

The full issue of Advocate is available to read here.

The Final Fiscal Year 2022 Budget: Increased Funding for the Disability Community and State and Federal Investments in the Workforce by Maura Sullivan
The Arc of Massachusetts greatly appreciates funding to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including autism in the state’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget. We are pleased to share that this budget process demonstrated efforts from the legislature and the administration to alleviate the challenges the disability community faced this past year due to the pandemic by investing significantly in a variety of services and programs. Continue reading.
Technology Forward Report and Recommendations by Ellen Taverna
In July, The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) and Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) released the “Technology Forward Report and Recommendations” developed by the Innovation and Technology Task Force (Task Force), a partnership with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), ADDP and The Arc. The Report is directed to DDS Commissioner Jane Ryder to build supportive technology competency and capacity for individuals with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (IDD) and autism in the Commonwealth. Continue reading.
The Arc Makes an Impact at Legislative Hearings by Maura Sullivan
The 192nd legislative session is off to a positive start for The Arc of Massachusetts and our bill priorities. Our government affairs team has been busy providing oral and written testimony at five Joint Committee hearings: the Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Response and Management, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Use and Recovery, the Joint Committee on Education, the Joint Committee on Higher Education, and the Joint Committee on Housing Production. Continue reading.
Community Connecting as a Strategy of Retention and of Resilience Amid the Staffing Crisis by Katie Driscoll
Inclusion, belonging, and friendship are fundamental components of our lives. It is not unusual for people receiving services to have very limited connections outside of the disability community, their family, and staff. While many hope that inclusive friendships will occur naturally, they often require deliberate action. Support staff and services many times are not able to help their clients maintain and build social relationships, due to significant staff turnover. Continue reading.

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