Supporting Families & Caregivers
Across A Lifespan
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.
On Thursday, June 18, The Arc welcomed Nanfi Lubogo, the Co-Executive Director of Family Voices. She joined Maura Sullivan and Ellen Taverna for a discussion on Black Lives Matter, Intersectionality, and Cultural Competence.
Henry and Evelyne Milorin joined Leo Live on Monday, June 15. The discussion touched on their decades long journey as parents and advocates, including raising Reggie, who was identified as having autism. They also had an opportunity to talk about the intersection of race and disability, especially given current ongoing activism.
In last week’s update, we referenced our concerns about our immediate future. The past week was a somber one as we approached mid-June. We need to maintain hope in the midst of uncertainty. Together, we can advocate to have adequate PPE and testing on demand available for all our constituents, including those in family homes who utilize in-home staff.
On June 11, The Arc was grateful to welcome DDS Commissioner Jane Ryder for an exclusive webinar as part of our ongoing COVID-19 series. If you weren’t able to attend the live session, this is now available to watch on demand.
The Arc has been advocating for DDS guidance on family visitation for group homes. We know it has been excruciatingly difficult for families to be apart for so long. With the reopening progress, we do expect these guidelines will be coming soon.