The Arc is pleased to share the National Autism Indicators Report: Family Perspectives on Services and Supports. The Arc’s Maura Sullivan contributed to this report as a member of the Advisory Panel. The report, from Drexel Autism Institute, details information regarding families of autistic adults who use Developmental Disability services and the gaps they face in services and supports, lack of emergency planning and barriers to community participation.
In these challenging times, we are all looking for resources that are uplifting, informative, and forward-looking. The Department of Developmental Services and The Arc of Massachusetts have partnered with Quillo Connect to produce a series of short videos that feature how Massachusetts is using the Charting the LifeCourse framework and tools to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families.
With the addition of “new eligible conditions” last week by the CDC and Massachusetts Public Health, we are asking all of you to consider if you or your family member qualifies for earlier vaccine based on the category “Dementia or other neurological condition.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 4,000 hate crimes have been committed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) living in the United States. As is the case with so many other intersectional identities, individuals with disabilities who are also members of the AAPI community have also been disproportionately affected by these acts of hate.
The Arc of Massachusetts has been advocating for the Commonwealth to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities when necessary to ensure equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine. We’re thrilled to report that the Commonwealth and local Boards of Health have developed a statewide program to offer in-home vaccinations for homebound individuals who cannot leave their home to get to a vaccination site.
The theme yesterday for Supporting Families Day was “Keep Families Strong and Resilient” as over 100 persons and families joined Representative Denise Garlick, Maura Sullivan, Kathleen Amaral, Kerry Mahoney and parent speakers Sue Crosby and Sagrario Desire Guerrero (actually, 5 of the 6 are parents).