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.
Over the past month, weekly vaccine supplies have slowly increased, making it possible for many in Phase 1 to obtain the vaccine. Many of us wish we were in Phase 1, and The Arc will expand its efforts to advocate for increased prioritization of all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and all caregivers.
The Arc of Massachusetts is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Judy Zacek, our former Community Relations Manager. Prior to her retirement in March 2020, Judy served in this role at The Arc for 16 years, and also served as the Administrator for Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) from their inception in 2004.