The Arc is working collaboratively with organizations on the issue of health are triage and appreciates the coordination/work of the Center for Public Representation (CPR) in this process. We will be reaching out to families to advance changes to the present “Crisis of Standards of Care” released by the Commonwealth on April 7. The changes are consistent with an outcome yesterday in a filing by CPR in Alabama. Though Massachusetts Standards are different than Alabama, existing language is inadequate to protect persons with disabilities. Later today, we will ask families and individuals to share their voice on this issue
While the 2nd Coronavirus stimulus package (Families First Coronavirus Response Act – FFCRA) and the 3rd $2 trillion stimulus package (CARES Act) passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump offers some real benefits to people with disabilities during the COVID-19 epidemic, there are several ways the legislative acts falls short in addressing the needs of the disability community – for instance leaving out paid leave for many family caregivers of people with disabilities and opens up potential harm to the rights of students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
As we navigate this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, know that The Arc of Massachusetts is here for you and your family. Starting today, The Arc team will be hosting weekly, half-hour webinars and Q&A sessions where we provide you with up to the minute updates on federal and local policies and programs, valuable resources and information, and more.