Leo’s Letter: New Year’s Resolutions For The Workforce, Innovation, And Technology

As the next few weeks pass by, with the holiday season of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, we’ll be marking the beginning of a new year: 2020. With the new year, we are committed to new solutions and resolutions as we try to solve existing problems. Here are two of them.

In the coming year, more than 1,000 people will need adult supports or services. We also continue to experience a workforce shortage crisis, reflected in a higher number of unscheduled hospitalizations; a lack of training time for new attendants or direct support professionals; and high vacancy rates.

Increasing the salaries and benefits of our workforce, while also addressing our growing population requires that we define the road ahead, which will include a variety of support services and technology.

By helping to define the new road we will be taking, we can ensure that it will be one that advances person-centered solutions which build upon our communities.

One month ago, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP), and The Arc of Massachusetts joined together on a new task force focused on Innovation and Technology. To get you started on this journey with us, I want to recommend three links, two focused on the understanding more about the role of technology and an article sharing stories of what can be.

  1. Visit here for the Coleman Institute’s Declaration of Rights
  2. The Arc US Tech Toolbox shares a variety of assistive technology tools
  3. This article shares a few stories of tools which advanced communication

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