Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently awarded The Arc of Massachusetts a grant of $5,000 for our new workplace initiative. The Arc project was nominated for the grant by the company’s Parallel business resource group, which advocates for Tufts employees with disabilities. The grant will support trainings for employee resource groups (ERGs) at several companies in Greater Boston to help people with I/DD succeed in the workplace and provide information to employees who have a family member with a disability.
“We are very grateful to Tufts Health Plan Foundation for this grant to partially fund our outreach to ERGs in Greater Boston,” said Leo Sarkissian. “Intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism affect more people than ever before, and the impact is being felt in the workplace both by employees who have a disability and those with a family member.”
“In the workplace,” Leo continued, “people who have an I/DD often need help advocating for themselves, seeking out resources, and overcoming unintentional bias to be successful. And for families with a loved one with I/DD, they often delay planning for the future, particularly for when their child turns 22 and ages out of the school system. The Arc’s expertise in these areas and can provide guidance on navigating.”
Thank you to Parallel and Tufts Health Plan Foundation for their commitment and support!