In the coming months, Widening the Circle/Pathways to Friendship, a partnership program between the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and The Arc of Massachusetts, will be offering a series of conversation opportunities on lessons that have been learned about social connection and inclusion during the age of COVID-19. Each conversation session will focus on a specific lesson learned during these times.
- Wednesday, November 4 @ 10:00AM
Some people with I/DD were able to be supported to safely work at their essential jobs in the community throughout the pandemic.
Register with Jim Ross. Access link for event.
- Thursday, November 5 @ 10:00AM
Those relationships/friendships that were forged in 1-to-1 matches sustained people much better during the pandemic than efforts to promote membership in organizations that suspended their activities.
Register with Jack Yates. Access link for event.
- Tuesday, November 10 @ 2:00PM
For some people, remote participation is a way to ease into an activity, providing an opportunity to gain confidence, competence, and comfort that bodes well for future real connections.
Register with Phoebe Goodman. Access link for event.
- Thursday, November 12 @ 10:30AM
Having to stay close to home means being closer to your neighbors.
Register with Katie Driscoll. Access link for event.
- Tuesday, November 17 @ 10:00AM
Those people who were supported in more individualized settings stayed better connected than those in congregate settings.
Register with Meg Gaydos. Access link for event.
- Tuesday, December 1 & Thursday, December 3 @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM
The Ask: Invitation to Engagement in Pandemic Times
This event requires advance registration and has a fee of $75.