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The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  We accomplish this through advocacy of supports
and services based
in the community. 

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Creative Housing Forum


MA Families Organizing

for Change in collaboration with The Arc of GHN and EMARC.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012


4:45 PM- 8:00 PM  

at the  

Andover Country Club

60 Canterbury St

Andover, MA 01810

RSVP PLEASE to snadworny@riversidecc.org

Legislative Breakfasts or Meetings

Don't forget MDDC- The Arc March 7 Legislative Reception at the State House.  Go here to signup.


The DDS' Central Region Citizen's Advisory Board; the North Central, South Valley, and Worcester area boards; and the Central MA Self-Advocacy groups will hold its annual legislative breakfast and recognition award presentation on March 2, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at Clark University in Tilton Hall at the Higgins University Center.


RSVP to Anne Carman by phone (413-284-1558) or email (anne.carman@state.ma.us).


Greater Waltham Region Legislative town meeting will be on March 21st from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at the MacArthur Elementary School, 494 Lincoln Street, Waltham;

Sponsoring Agencies: Greater Waltham Arc, Inc., Beaverbrook STEP, Inc., WCI, and Eliot Community Human Services

For information, contact Anna Thorpe, 781-899-1344 ext. 4120 or athorpe@gwarc.org





Leadership Opening

Applications are being accepted NOW for the position of President of Riverside based in Easthampton. Deadline for submissions is 2/29/2012  More information can be found on Riverside™s website here. If you are or someone you know is interested in applying, attached cover letters and resumes are being accepted at presidentialsearch@rsi.org



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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


  • John Anton in Time 
  • Ways and Means Joint Hearings- Act on Budget AND Bills
  • The Arc Honors Neil McKittrick (Ogletree Deakins) and Frederick Misilo (Fletcher Tilton)
  • Side Bar: Legislative Events, Moving Images FIlm Festival,  Housing Forum and Leadership opening in Easthampton area
  • Conference on Supporting Parents with Cognitive Limitations & Caregiver Survey
  • Moving Images FIlm Festival 



As always you can contact us with comments or questions at advocate@arcmass.org.



The Staff


John Anton in Time

John Anton, former Chair of MASS (Mass Advocates Standing Strong) and active with the Mass. Down Syndrome Congress, The Arc of Greater Haverhill and Newburyport and other groups is featured in a story about Down Syndrome. 

"adults with Down syndrome are now living long past their mid-20s, getting married, holding jobs and, like John Anton, living independently."  See paragraph 6.

Read more here.

Joint Hearings held by Ways/Means Committees  

The House and Senate Ways and Means Committees are holding joint budget hearings.  The main public hearing for our comments and statement of priorities is on March 9 at Gardner Auditorium. However there are usually opportunities to share your testimony at the end of the hearings where officials such as Commissioner Howe testify on their agency budgets.  February 22 (Medicaid) and February 27 (DDS, MRC, etc.) in Fitchburg are two such examples. Go here to see the schedule.


Email Beth Rutledge at rutledge@arcmass.org if you can testify at the hearing.


This is the time to contact your legislators about the budget.  Go here to write an email today!



Take action by emailing your legislators!




Four bills were reported out favorably in the past week:

  • H. 983 - An Act for passage to independence which would address Turning 22 and other needs
  • H. 984 - Real Lives which would increase consumer-control
  • H. 985 - Bridges to Success which would address the gaps in eligibility for students turning 22
  • H. 76 - A bill to track waiting lists

This month - The Transition coordinator bill (H. 158) passed both branches (heading to enactment) and a revised version of H. 1528 is poised for House passage. The bill would require pregnant mothers who test positively for down syndrome to be provided information.




The Arc's Gala Dinner and Auction

Neil V. McKittrick and Frederick M. Misilo, Jr. will be recognized on the evening of March 8 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston for their extraordinary commitment to advocacy on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


A silent and live auction will be held along with the award presentation.  The creativity of individuals with disabilities will be featured along with a variety of auction items such as vacation homes in Georgia, Florida and the Cape. 


Neil represented thousands of individuals in the Boulet Waiting List Case and he prepared one of the key amicus briefs for the Olmstead case in the Supreme Court.  Fred has led efforts to address eligibility gaps for persons with disabilities, served as President of The Arc of Mass. and as a Deputy Commissioner of DDS, led the investigation regarding unethical use of Fernald residents as nuclear medicine research subjects. 

Reserve your spot today! Click here to buy tickets.



Caregiver Survey & Conference on Parents

The Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition has distributed a Family Caregiver Needs Assessment Survey.   It will take a few minutes to fill this out-go here for the survey. 





On June 6, 2012 there will be aa Regional Summit and Conference on "Serving Parents with Cognitive Limitations".  It will be held from 8:30 - 4 PM -at Greenfield Community College co-sponsored by the United Arc.  See more here.  

Vinfen Moving Images Film Festival 


REGISTER TODAY! Saturday, March 31 is

Vinfen's 5th Annual Moving Images Film Festival. 




Place: Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur in Boston.

10:30 registration, Films run until 4:30 pm

Free parking (CEUS too)

Go to this site for more information.