Supporting Families & Caregivers
Across A Lifespan
Did you know that there are 600,00-700,00 families in the United States in which an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability is living with aging family members and there is no plan for the individual’s future?
On Thursday, June 13, over 25 senior care and disability service professionals attended a training on Providing Future Planning to Caregivers and Individuals with I/DD.
The Arc of Massachusetts Spring Forum: What Are the Services and Options for Seniors with Disabilities Living in Lexington?
On Friday, March 22, nearly 40 individuals attended The Arc/Dana Home Foundation Spring Forum, What Are the Services and Options for Seniors with Disabilities Living in Lexington? The forum panel featured four speakers.
On Tuesday, January 22, we had a successful, standing room only event at the Grand Staircase at the State House with over 100 people in attendance. It was the third year for our Supporting Families event, which allows individuals with disabilities and their families an opportunity to be supported in their advocacy with legislators. We also invited new legislators to learn about the issues, as part of our biennial New Legislator Reception. Our champion speakers, Senator John Keenan and Representative Denise Garlick, were terrific.
The base of the Grand Staircase at the State House was filled with nearly 100 families, new and returning legislators, professionals, and self-advocates on Tuesday morning. In attendance were Rep. Denise Garlick, Sen. John Keenan, Rep. Tram Nguyen, Rep. Donald Wong, Rep. Mindy Domb, Rep. Carole Fiola, Sen. Jo Comerford, Rep. Nika Elugardo, Rep. Maria Robinson, Rep. Michelle Ciccolo, Rep. Kathy LaNatra and Rep. Tommy Vitolo.
On Friday, October 26, The Arc of Massachusetts, in conjunction with The Dana Home Foundation, offered a Fall Forum on “Medical Issues Related to Aging with Disabilities.” In the words of one of the attendees, the three doctors who took part in the panel comprised a “dream team.”
The Supporting Families Campaign held its third annual Advocacy Day at the State House, on Tuesday, February 13. The day began with a crowd of over 50 families meeting to review the day’s agenda including the budget priorities of Supporting Families. Maura Sullivan, Director of Government Affairs for The Arc of Massachusetts, explained the importance of the DDS Family Support line items, Turning 22, and Autism Omnibus. Families were given materials with the line item budget “asks” and narratives, plus family stories to help illuminate the gaps in funding.