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COVID-19: Holiday Visitation Guidance And Update

It’s the holiday season, but we are in the midst of a COVID-19 virus surge. The state has now issued a new guidance for families for group homes or congregate settings. Continue reading

Posted in , , , | Posted on November 21, 2020 | Leave a comment Continue reading

Caregiving Around the Clock: Announcing a New Series with the Department of Developmental Services

National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country, a time to celebrate the contributions of caregivers and provide them with tools that they need. Across Massachusetts, more than 18,000 families are caring for a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability in the home. More than 9,000 of these family members are adults. Continue reading

Posted in , , , | Posted on November 12, 2020 | Leave a comment Continue reading

COVID-19: A Survey On Turning 22 During COVID-19

If your young adult will be Turning 22 between March 2020 and July 2021, we want to hear from you! Continue reading

Posted in , , , | Posted on October 7, 2020 | Leave a comment Continue reading

COVID-19: DDS Releases Indoor Visitation Guidelines

On September 23, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) released indoor visitation with safeguards for congregate homes. The implementation date is October 1. Guidance can be found below. Continue reading

Posted in , , , | Posted on September 24, 2020 | Leave a comment Continue reading

Innovation and Technology Task Force Releases Survey On Assistive Technology & Alternative Augmentative Communication

The Innovation and Technology Task Force has put together a survey hoping to assess the use of Assistive Technology (AT) and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC). Continue reading

Posted in , , , | Posted on July 30, 2020 | Leave a comment Continue reading

The Arc’s COVID-19 Updates | July 6, 2020: Re-Opening: Uncertainty In Real Time

On July 2, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel released the formal order that day programs may open on July 6. Re-opening services is not simply a matter of unlocking the doors, turning on the lights, and buying some personal protective equipment (PPE). Continue reading

Posted in , , , , | Posted on July 6, 2020 | 1 Comment Continue reading

COVID-19: DDS Releases New Updated Visitation Guidelines

The Arc of Massachusetts is pleased to be able to share the new DDS visitation guidelines, which were released on the evening of July 1. Continue reading

Posted in , , , | Posted on July 1, 2020 | Leave a comment Continue reading

#DontCutUsOut: Contact Your State Legislators Now To Continue Advocating For Funding For People With I/DD During Re-Opening

The Arc appreciates your strong and consistent advocacy during this pandemic. We need your help to continue to press forward with our #DontCutUsOut campaign. Continue reading

Posted in , , , , | Posted on July 1, 2020 | 1 Comment Continue reading

[WEBINAR] Future Planning: What Are the Necessary Steps?

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly reminded all of us of the need to have our business in order! When families have loved ones with special needs, planning is even more complex. This webinar will go through the steps involved in developing a future plan. What are the recommended documents? What are the questions to answer? Continue reading

Posted in , , , | Posted on June 26, 2020 | Leave a comment Continue reading

COVID-19: New DDS And EOHHS Visitation Guidelines To Be Released On July 1

We expect some news on July 1 on increased visitation flexibilities that address many if not all of the concerns you have raised on visits with family members living in small congregate settings funded by DDS. Continue reading

Posted in , , , | Posted on June 26, 2020 | 2 Comments Continue reading

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