The Arc of Massachusetts Releases Statement on Urgent Need to Prioritize Persons with I/DD and Their Caregivers for the COVID-19 Vaccine

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. Continue reading

COVID-19: The Arc Sends Letter To Governor, Advisory Committee On Vaccine Prioritization for People with I/DD and Autism

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. Continue reading