The state budget is now being deliberated in the Senate for fiscal year 2021 (ending on June 30, 2021). Your advocacy is needed at this vital step in the budget process! We need additional funding to stabilize the safety net, support disabled individuals and families, and prevent day program closures.
National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country, a time to celebrate the contributions of caregivers and provide them with tools that they need. Across Massachusetts, more than 18,000 families are caring for a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability in the home. More than 9,000 of these family members are adults.
In the coming months, Widening the Circle/Pathways to Friendship, a partnership program between the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and The Arc of Massachusetts, will be offering a series of conversation opportunities on lessons that have been learned about social connection and inclusion during the age of COVID-19. Each conversation session will focus on a specific lesson learned during these times.