The Arc of Massachusetts released the following press statement today in light of another study released on March 5, 2021, which exposes the severe impact on COVID-19 for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism. This study of over 64 million patients across 547 health care organizations reveals that having an intellectual disability is the greatest risk factor, other than old age, associated with COVID-19 deaths. We are asking to please prioritize individuals with I/DD and autism and their caregivers during Phase 2 of vaccine distribution in Massachusetts.
The theme yesterday for Supporting Families Day was “Keep Families Strong and Resilient” as over 100 persons and families joined Representative Denise Garlick, Maura Sullivan, Kathleen Amaral, Kerry Mahoney and parent speakers Sue Crosby and Sagrario Desire Guerrero (actually, 5 of the 6 are parents).
Please join us for a VIRTUAL joint legislative reception of The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10-11:00 am. The theme for our 43rd annual Legislative Reception is “Equity in the Face of Uncertainty: Moving Forward Together.”
Our vaccine prioritization advocacy continues to evolve! The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc), along with Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, sent a letter yesterday (February 16) to the Governor and other state officials urging that people with I/DD and autism be immediately prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine and to make reasonable accommodations when necessary to ensure safe and equal access to the vaccine.