Advocate: The Winter 2021 Issue Is Now Available Online

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

This edition is dedicated to the Paid and “Unpaid” Caregivers who are working to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism get through the pandemic.

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

  • Reflections on the Direct Support Workforce
  • First reactions to the FY22 Budget
  • Remembering Judy Zacek
  • Friendship lessons learned during the pandemic

The full issue of Advocate is available to read here.

The Ties That Bind: Direct Support Professionals by Leo Sarkissian
We dedicate this issue to the thousands of staff who serve as Direct Support Professionals (DSP) or caregivers throughout the Commonwealth. This issue includes articles about DSPs, as well as tributes from agency leaders to support professionals and other caregivers serving our community.

The ties that bind them to those they support are considerable: person-centered, social inclusion, ensuring dignity, and equity, to name but a few. These ties not only bind them to those they support, but to family, other caregivers, and many of us in different roles. Continue reading.

Positive News in Governor Baker’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget by Maura Sullivan, Ellen Taverna, Leo Sarkissian
The Arc appreciates Governor Charlie Baker’s inclusion of a 6% increase in the budget of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The budget recommendation is part of a $45.6 billion proposal, which addresses the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and other critical priorities for the Commonwealth. The document avoids new taxes but draws on $1.6 billion out of the rainy-day fund. It calls for less state spending by almost $300 million – less than 1% – due to Medicaid costs coming in lower than expected. We do expect that MassHealth long term supports and services will remain stable in the coming fiscal year. Continue reading.
Remembering Judy Zacek (1937-2021) by Katerina Daley
The Arc of Massachusetts is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Judy Zacek, our former Community Relations Manager. Prior to her retirement in March 2020, Judy served in this role at The Arc for 16 years, and also served as the Administrator for Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) from their inception. Continue reading.
Friendship Lessons from the Pandemic by Jim Ross
The current pandemic has revealed just how important connections are to all of us. The isolation forced upon us by physical distancing, masking, cancelled events, and closed businesses has up-ended millions of lives and has been especially devastating to elders and people with disabilities. Continue reading.

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