Leo’s Letter: Facing a Season of Change

It’s that time of year when our clocks turn back and winter arrives, but also during this season of change, we at The Arc of Massachusetts begin to work even harder.

The Arc voices the concerns of people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Williams syndrome, and the wide range of intellectual or developmental disabilities. The issues are many:

  • Fighting to keep Medicaid a substantial resource for individuals with disabilities on the national level by supporting The Arc US;
  • Addressing shortfalls in employment/day and residential services through a supplemental budget and working with the Administration on the 2019 budget request;
  • Ensuring that the MassHealth (Medicaid) Reform doesn’t hurt our constituents as a final package of changes is hammered out by the Senate, House, and Administration;
  • Working to educate our constituents on the new managed care initiative by MassHealth Accountable care organizations (ACO), which affects our constituents funded by Medicaid, but not Medicare (learn more on our Facebook Live later this month and via Webinar in December);
  • Working with the Administration to make MassHealth and DDS supports more responsive to the needs of our constituents;
  • Helping individuals on their transition to adulthood.

We’ll keep you “in the know” through our website, Facebook, Advocate newsletter, and Notes from The Arc. We can’t do this without your support. Maya Angelou once remarked, “I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.”

In the past few years, our Board of Directors, now under the leadership of Tracy Atkinson, has worked to make sure resources grow to enable our advocacy. But they cannot do it alone To paraphrase Maya Angelou, please be on your own side by personally and financially supporting our work.

A stronger voice during a season of change is essential!





Leo V. Sarkissian

Executive Director

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