Ed and Jim have worked together at Ropes & Gray, LLP for the last 34 years. Jim has been involved with The Arc since 1990, after his middle child, Andrew, was born with Down syndrome. Shortly after birth, Andrew started receiving services from the early intervention program at The Arc of the South Shore. In 1991, Jim joined its board of directors and continued to serve for more than 20 years, with two terms as board president, during which he helped initiate a capital campaign drive and started a community-based inclusive recreational program to facilitate increased awareness and inclusion. He also served 4 years on the board of directors of The Arc of Massachusetts and initiated the capital campaign efforts for its new headquarters. Inclusion, advocacy and increasing awareness have always been a priority with Jim and his family.
John and Susan Nadworny are longtime supporters of The Arc of Massachusetts because they believe the people behind the organization understand what it takes for every individual to thrive and flourish, no matter what life challenges they may face.
Fred Misilo has been involved with The Arc both nationally and in Massachusetts for many years. As an attorney, he is Chair of the Trust and Estate Department and the Special Needs Planning and Advocacy Practice Group at FletcherTilton, PC. A former Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (1991-1994), he is a past President of The Arc of Massachusetts (2008-2010) and a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of Cape Cod. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of the United States and co-chairs its Public Policy Committee.
The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council has maintained a collaboration with The Arc of Massachusetts since the DD Council was created in 1971. Our true partnership began in 1979 with the co-hosting of a legislative reception at the State House. The success of that event encouraged us to continue holding an annual event, and our 37th State House reception was held in March 2015! Over the years we have partnered on dozens of key policy and budget initiatives in many areas, including supporting Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change and Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, the Tools for Tomorrow project, housing and education initiatives, systems change grants, self-directed supports and numerous funding priorities. Our recent successes include the establishment and support of the MA21 partnership for 21st century disability policy, which has led to the passage of the Real Lives bill, establishing the foundation for person-centered planning.