On Monday, June 17, The Arc joined The Arc of Opportunity and others at an Architectural Access Board hearing at Ashburton Place.
Mary Heafy, CEO of The Arc of Opportunity; Jean Phelps of LifeLinks; and The Arc’s Maura Sullivan provided testimony in favor of protecting the privacy of our group homes. A recent home construction conflict in Fitchburg triggered this public hearing for the AAB to review whether group homes that serve five or fewer individuals (through DDS) should be considered public or private buildings.
The AAB’s decision will have a monumental impact on individuals’ right to privacy and autonomy in their own homes.
The hearing went well and included 2 hours of powerful testimony from The Arc and our affiliates, providers, DDS officials, families, and individuals living in group homes.
The Arc’s action alert generated over 160 letters sent to the AAB in just a few hours! Thank you for your quick advocacy and stay tuned to The Arc as this issues unfolds and hopefully resolves with group homes remaining private homes.