On Tuesday, January 22, we had a successful, standing room only event at the Grand Staircase at the State House with over 100 people in attendance. It was the third year for our Supporting Families event, which allows individuals with disabilities and their families an opportunity to be supported in their advocacy with legislators. We also invited new legislators to learn about the issues, as part of our biennial New Legislator Reception. Our champion speakers, Senator John Keenan and Representative Denise Garlick, were terrific.
In this week’s Leo’s Letter, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian discusses The Arc of Massachusetts’ 2019 legislative goals, and how they relate to the fulfillment of our mission of enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, through advocacy for inclusion, self-determination, and equity across all aspects of society.
This week, Executive Director Leo Sarkissian uses the example of a man with I/DD named Paul, who was subjected to abuse in both community living and a state operated home, in order to clarify why we need to make progress on valuing our workforce – and ensuring that the best people are chosen for the job.