Born This Way and Crip the Vote

born-this-way-castThese two photos provide quite a contrast, but I hope that they will make us think and act. On the one hand is the cast of “Born This Way,” a successful TV show about young people with Down syndrome. Last week’s international convention co-hosted by The Arc and Inclusion International had a moving plenary session with the cast. They are inspirational, providing a positive and real image of adults with disabilities. Continue reading

Leo’s Letter: Turning 22

Governor Baker’s inaugural speech in January 2015 touched on schools, opioid addiction, and giving hope to people struggling in economically-challenged communities. His speech quoted JFK with a call for government “to be as efficient, responsive and innovative as it can be.” This is something The Arc has embraced in calling for continual evolution of services and responsiveness to families. Continue reading

One of a Million

Ron_SuskindOn Wednesday, November 16, The Arc of Massachusetts will be hosting our 2016 Gala: Passion As Pathway… We are very excited to be honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind. Ron’s most recent book Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism is the basis of the award-wining documentary Life, Animated. It is the inspirational story of Ron’s son, Owen, a young man with autism. He was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Continue reading

Webinars Coming This Fall!

The Arc of Massachusetts is pleased to announce three new webinars to be held this fall. Topics include Understanding Day and Employment Supports for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; How to Advocate for Improved Services for People with I/DD: and Updates on Mass Health. Continue reading

Leo’s Letter: “Passion As Pathway…” Raising Expectations

Some time ago we talked about individuals who used their personal “passion” to find a pathway to living a fuller life. It can be a pathway to communication, a peaceful respite from the challenges or drudgery of the week, or a path to a fulfilling role. Somewhere in each of us there is that thing or idea which inspires us. We all can benefit from loved ones, friends or mentors helping us become aware of our passion. As one mom exclaimed, “There is a light bulb in Stephen waiting to light up.

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