It’s just weeks before our Independence Day holiday, and three months have passed since the Governor Baker’s emergency order. One takeaway I have from the past week is that we need to maintain hope and presence of mind.
The changes we have experienced have gone beyond “editing” our lives. It is clear that our constituents and our services require a customized approach during the “re-opening.” By contrast, restaurants are not necessary for their patrons, no matter how desired. During the pandemic’s height, we know these things:
- Families who were separated share bonds beyond the typical nature of parent/sibling to child/sibling.
- Families who were isolated with their loved ones assumed responsibilities that often go beyond realistic demands.
- Essential Direct Support Professionals (DSP) accepted work schedules and routines which surpassed typical expectations (as did health care professionals).
We need accommodations in policy and funding during re-opening that reflect these and other realities (including the lack of PPE, on-demand testing, etc.) of our constituency. We are worthy of this consideration by the Commonwealth and our nation’s leaders.
Grassroots advocacy together and responsive actions from our leaders will increase the hope we all need for the months and years ahead.