“Ask The Agency” Information Sessions

DDS will be hosting a series of events called “Ask The Agency.” These information sessions will run on Wednesdays from 6- 8 pm from September through November. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Representatives from the DDS Northeast Regional Office about DDS Eligibility, Adult Autism Services, Family Supports, Children’s Services, Self-Directed Services, Transitioning to Adulthood, and much more. Continue reading

The Arc Champions Veto Overrides

legislatureThe MA legislature held late July Saturday and Sunday sessions to complete end of year work on various bills and take votes to override vetoes that Governor Baker included when he signed the FY’17 budget in June.   We had great luck with the House and Senate overturning the six vetoes we requested. Continue reading

What do you do when your dream is not a reality?- John ‘s Story

speeding-fire-truck 30 year old John and his parents needed help creating a meaningful day schedule based on John’s desire to become a fireman. Unfortunately, John was unable to meet the required firefighter training criteria.   Although disappointed, John and his family met with Kathy Hamelin , a MA 21 Family Outreach Consultant from The Arc of Massachusetts. Kathy helped to facilitate a discussion to create a plan by identifying John’s likes and dislikes, his local support system, and need for scheduling and routine. Together, they were able to think out of the box and motivate the family, John and his support staff to create a personalized schedule for inclusive days in the community.   John’s days now include going to the gym, doing yoga, spending time on the computer, making pizza boxes at a local restaurant, socializing at a weekly social club, and observing local farmers which often include free tractor rides! The best part of John’s week is his special project where John and his staff visit and photograph area fire departments. Together, with the use of his computer, they are working on creating calendars for each department. The firemen also enjoy the cookies John brings to them. John feels welcome and fully included in his community!   The mission of the Massachusetts Alliance for 21st Century Disability Policy is to advance full community participation for individuals with disabilities. For more information visit http://thearcofmass.org/advocacy/

Connecting Through Disney Magic- Film Screening This Weekend

360 Degree Communication is excited to announce the upcoming release of LIFE, ANIMATED (LIFE).  LIFE is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song. Until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive. Continue reading

Announcing “Passion As Pathway…” Gala

Ron_SuskindThe Arc of Massachusetts is delighted to announce that our 2016 Gala Passion as Pathway… will be held on Wednesday, November 16. We will be honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind. Ron has written several important works of nonfiction, including Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, which chronicles his family’s twenty-year struggle with their son Owen’s autism. The book is the foundation of Life, Animated, a film which Ron produced. Continue reading