On Tuesday, September 10, The Arc’s Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian, testified before the legislature’s Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Committee in support of H155 and S61, two bills that will adopt the federal definition of developmental disability in place of the current state definition.
Adolescence represents a time for young adults to find themselves and develop a sense of independence. Hear from mother Kathleen Amaral as she describes the significant role that her son, Liam’s, Direct Support Professionals play in ensuring that her son can be an independent, included teenager just like everyone else in his age group.
Drew Rego of Tewksbury was born with a genetic disorder and epilepsy. His disability presents itself in a complex way. Just six years old, Drew lives with his parents, Jason and Erin, as well as his brother Dominic. Drew’s care needs are 24/7, but despite all the challenges, he’s always smiling! Drew loves music, animals, and being outside in the warm fresh air.