These 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.
Please see The Arc in action in Massachusetts! This time helping first responders learn to work with persons with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC (Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition) program was featured on NECN on Halloween night. Watch the clip below to learn more about the program and how it is providing important training for first responders.
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.
On 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.