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.
It’s been a few days since our last update. Much has happened. As you read the short bullets below, know that on our recently launched COVID-19 Updates Center we’ll be posting links or certain files for you to dig deeper. To all families, individuals with disabilities living independently, our chapters, and fellow helping agencies, public and private across the state: hang in there.