Maura Sullivan is the Senior Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy for The Arc of Massachusetts. She leads The Arc’s advocacy efforts at the Massachusetts State House, focusing on state budget supports, legislation, and policy initiatives for people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Maura also runs Operation House Call, a program that teaches medical students at all medical schools in Massachusetts how to enhance care for people with autism and IDD.
Maura is a national speaker on health equity as well as a guest lecturer at local colleges and universities. Maura is also a parent of two young adults with autism. Maura specializes in training topics that include:
- Advocacy across the Lifespan for People with Autism and IDD: Learn how to be a strong and effective advocate for your loved one with autism from diagnosis to adulthood.
- Social Change and Legislative Advocacy – Basic to Advanced: Learn how to share your story to spur societal and Governmental change.
- Navigating Autism: A Parent/Professional Perspective: Maura will share her personal family journey that includes raising her two sons with profound autism and how her passion for advocacy grew from this lived experience.
- Health Care Advocacy for People with Autism and IDD: Learn best practices for establishing partnerships with healthcare providers that lead to positive and inclusive healthcare experiences.
Workplace (Corporate or Business) Audience Trainings: For members of the business community, The Arc of Massachusetts offers trainings for employers who have staff with an IDD or who are caring for a family member who does. A few examples of available topics include:
- Families and Disabilities: Realities in the Workplace
- Workplace Resources and Support
- Transition from School to Adult Life: What’s Available and Advocacy Tips
- Disability Awareness and Inclusion
- Hiring People with IDD and Helping Them Succeed
- Three Generations: Managing Children and Elder Parents
Pathways to Friendship is a collaborative initiative on social inclusion between the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), The Arc of Massachusetts, and several organizations providing residential supports to persons served by DDS. The Pathways collaboration explores the benefits of relationships between people with disabilities and people without disabilities, and provides information about resources to help interested individuals engage in and sustain those relationships.