Health Care Providers Triage Awareness Page
Thank you for the care your staff and institution provide for all our citizens on a daily basis. We especially appreciate your yeoman's efforts during this stark crisis and thank you for your courageous work as healers.
We share this page with you as a supplement to any guidance you have received about health care for people with disabilities who may have underlying conditions: please do NOT assume they are end-stage conditions. Please do not score us, or our family members, or our friends with higher points due to conditions they have lived with for years.
To help you in your triage or care duties, The Arc of Massachusetts has put together a 15-minute training/awareness page.
We hope we refresh your perception of persons with disabilities. Thank you for taking the time!
These videos provide a glimpse of individuals with disabilities and other underlying conditions who have good lives. The total viewing time is approximately six minutes.
In this one-minute video from PwC, Charlotte Tax Manager Rob Rusch shares his distinct perspective. Learn how ability reveals itself. Thank you to PwC for sharing.
In this two-minute video from our 2018 Gala celebration, hear stories from inspiring self-advocate Achievers as they discuss their successful work experiences.
In this two-and-a-half-minute video, meet self-advocate Joe Cabral as he enjoys his work. This video tells the story of how he turned 22 years of age and found some work options.
Meet some more individuals with disabilities through their photographs and short vignettes.
While in her third year of law school, Kelly Buttiglieri suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident. Eight years after the accident, she had a successful operation to better control the seizures. Kelly works for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) as their Public Policy Manager and advocates for supports and services for the brain injury community.
All Things Possible. That’s the name of 27-year-old Jonathan Huggon’s business and for very good reason. Jonathan has cerebral palsy. Although he is quadriplegic, nonverbal, and dependent upon a wheelchair and personal care assistants, he lets nothing come between him and his plan for achieving his dreams.
"My son Neil has autism and epilepsy. He’s come a long way and is currently healthy and stable. He is also the person in our family who teaches us everyday about love and connection, beyond any words. Neil is brave and resilient. His smile and unique way of communicating makes one feel special to know him. He touches those in the world around him because he works so hard to achieve skills and milestones that we take for granted. Neil not only has deep connections with his family, but also has beautiful relationships with his doctors, his education team, his community, and the people that support him. I am grateful for the joy and perspective that he brings to so many!"
Stephanie is 29 years old. She has a wicked sense of humor although she is primarily nonverbal. She loves deeply and senses when someone needs encouragement or compassion and she quietly provides it (by perhaps rubbing the person’s back or offering a hug). She has shown such strength throughout her life to overcome many challenges and defy the odds stacked against her. She may appear in some ways weakened, but she is a strong, brave and beautiful young lady. I will not ever give up on her! She has been so brave throughout our separation and I cannot wait until we can be together again.