Supporting Families & Caregivers
Across A Lifespan
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.
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.
If your young adult will be Turning 22 between March 2020 and July 2021, we want to hear from you!
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.
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).
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).
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.
#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.
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?
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.