The weekly meeting of the vocational women’s group at the Center of Hope considers a variety of issues including self-esteem, work place concerns, community issues and challenges. Group member Sara Donnelly is also an active participant on The Arc’s Government Affairs Committee. This past week, she invited The Arc’s Charlie Fiske to meet with the group to review some strategies on basic advocacy and voting.
There are two significant threads which underlie The Arc of Massachusetts’ mission. One thread is our mission to achieve “equity across all aspects of society.” This is a pretty tall order. Despite the progress made over the past decades, equity has not been achieved in health care, education, or transportation.
On Tuesday, September 25, WCVB aired a feature with Karen Anderson discussing the significance of Congressman Seth Moulton’s proposed HEADs UP (Healthcare Extension and Accessibility for Developmentally disabled and Underserved Population) Act of 2018. This bill, if passed, would certify the developmental disabilities community as a Medically Underserved Population (MUP).
Despite the good news we shared about the state budget two weeks ago, we know that some people are struggling out there. Some people are worried and/or stressed, and some are just trying to make it through the day. Even if you or your family have services, you may worry. Today’s blog is aimed at those of you who are struggling each day.
As we exit the “dog days of summer,” it may be a good time to share the past fiscal year’s advocacy work prepared by our Government Affairs team. It’s a short digest and we invite you to dig deeper by looking at our website, including the Advocacy Page which includes the State Budget, Bill Priorities and Policy Issues.